Archive for family

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is my favourite holiday, one whose name I obey, happily.

Be Wary of Praise

When I asked my mom if she liked anything about my first book, she said “the copyright page.”

Old Family Movie – 1966 or so

I had forgotten that little kids dance all the time.

Crest Road, Wellesley, MA.

Mother’s Day

MeAndMom

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.

genius sister

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.