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Mother’s Day

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My mother, Maureen Basil, was a grand, generous, and acerbic woman. We bedevilled one another for decades. During her last years, we achieved a courteous and warm back-and-forth. I love and miss her.

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Jenny

I actually have two genius sisters! But it is the younger of my two younger sisters, Jenny Basil, who just won The Claire Tow ‘52 Distinguished Teacher Award. “The award, in the amount of $10,000, recognizes a senior member of the faculty for outstanding qualities as a teacher and for being a role model to students and other faculty” at Brooklyn College.

I am a pretty talented, even occasionally inspired professor, but I am not a genius by any stretch. I am delighted I can count on my siblings.

Simplicity is beautiful

h/t DE

Andy Herko

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My friend Andy Herko – I guess you could call him my brother-in-law – passed away last week. He was only fifty years old.

I went back to Buffalo last weekend to attend his services, which were filled with love and stories. Andy was an exquisite man.

We shared some eccentric, generations-old musical tastes, one evening driving at least one relative out of his living room after playing Helen Reddy’s “I Don’t Know How to Love Him” a half dozen times.

Family members have set up a GoFundMe site in his honour “to help ensure that his daughter has financial assistance for her future success.”

Ken Catalino drew the amazing portrait of Andy.

& Dad getting ready for the wedding (a rare selfie) …

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Wonderful to be a Dad

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Miles and Alie Basil got married last weekend in Boston. It was a day filled with joy and love, and of families becoming family.

More from Jenny Basil and her work with the Nautilus

Really cool interview, Jenny!

“They’re not highly visual,” [Jenny] says of the nautilus. “Like, if you look at a cuttlefish, they look at you. Their tentacles orient to you. They look at you. Some of them will come up… and try and touch you.” The nautilus? Not so much. “We see nautiluses in the aquarium in the daytime, which is when they sleep,” Basil says. “You know if you looked at me at 3 a.m., you wouldn’t think I was that complex either.” These nocturnal habits, combined with their unusual eyes, may make us less inclined to consider the nautilus as impressive as lab tests have proven it to be.

Jenny’s students are very lucky people. (Jenny would respond, no doubt, that she is even luckier.)