Channel Esther: What Life Looks Like

by Esther Cohen YESTERDAY I was sitting in a meeting for the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire commemoration meeting if all meetings could be like theirs I would go to more meetings yesterday I was thinking about all the young girls who died in that fire and what life is my phone pinged (most people say […]

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Channel Esther: I Am Going Away

by Esther Cohen “Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” —Kurt Vonnegut I AM GOING away on my own away from my thousands of possessions books papers my button collection my grandmother collected buttons too I have chosen ten earrings ten days I couldn’t take blue ones I am trying to be unencumbered I […]

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Channel Esther: Will I Write a Sentence in 2015?

by Esther Cohen Photographs by Saul Robbins, from his series, “Found” — from the Jewish Currents art calendar THIS TIME OF YEAR every year around this same week because there is a new year which is one of those reality illusion things is January first any different from December first how is forty nine different […]

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Channel Esther: Judgment

by Esther Cohen JUDGMENT I grew up in a judging family. Life was not a matter of relativity. There was bad and fair and best. No category was one of apathy. A was better than B and B was never good enough. This method was called Values. If we did not do well enough if […]

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Channel Esther: Infinite Possibilities

By Esther Cohen I AM THE EMBODIMENT OF INFINITE POSSIBLITIES (First Corinthian Baptist Church) A few thousand people (yes) wait in line for the third service of the morning, at the Black Church in Harlem where my South African daughter in law Chesray Dolpha, attends most Sundays. I am not a stranger to religious institutions […]

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