Apr. 23rd, 2013

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Bach and My Father
by Paul Zimmer

Six days a week my father sold shoes
To support our family through depression and war,
Nursed his wife through years of Parkinson's,
Loved nominal cigars, manhattans, long jokes,
Never kissed me, but always shook my hand.

Once he came to visit me when a Brandenburg
Was on the stereo. He listened with care—
Brisk melodies, symmetry, civility, and passion.
When it finished, he asked to hear it again,
Moving his right hand in time. He would have
Risen to dance if he had known how.

"Beautiful," he said when it was done,
My father, who'd never heard a Brandenburg.
Eighty years old, bent, and scuffed all over,
Just in time he said, "That's beautiful."
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Mascarpone and Mustard Spread

1/2 cup (125 ml) mascarpone
1/4 cup (60 ml) chopped fresh herbs such as
chives, parsley, basil, or chervil
3 Tbs (45 ml) Dijon mustard
1 Tbs (15 ml) whole-grain mustard (optional)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly in a small bowl.
Serve as a spread or dip with toast, chips, or raw fresh
vegetables. Makes about 1 cup (250 ml).

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