Author Archives: Margaret Nelson

September Garden Soundtrack: Bartok

Here’s the Norwegian Chamber Orchestra performing “Roumanian Folk Dances” by Bela Bartok. In my opinion, a fantastic piece for the changing season, gearing up toward the moods of fall. Think about ladies with kerchiefs and skirts, out harvesting wheat. Think about men repairing horseshoes in dusty, shadowed workshops. Think about hot stews served on wooden […]

A Non-Smoker’s Guide to Nicotine Withdrawal

Ever wonder why people have such a tough time when they quit smoking cigarettes? Here are some of the things I learned about nicotine withdrawal symptoms, and also some reasons why you might consider being a little more merciful toward the cigarette smokers in your life.