Monthly Archives: March 2016

Celestial Marriage

Here’s a document from the National Archives, Washington, DC from 1878. At that time, my great great grandfather John Taylor was president of the Mormon church and had fifteen wives. He also appeared before the Supreme Court to defend Utah … Continue reading

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Turning 70

What is on my mind? What is knowing? Is there an Epistemology machine surrounding our awareness? From Descart—I think, therefore I am–to the advance of science through a phase of absurdity, what is proved and what is believed? Discover the … Continue reading

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Rilke

“Surely all art is the result of one’s having been in danger, of having gone through an experience all the way to the end, where no one can go any further. The further one goes, the more private, the more … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, I celebrate my mother, Helen Taylor Johannesen, who would now be 100. Juilliard-trained composer and pianist, she came from an old Utah family, whose ancestry included John Taylor, third president of the Mormon Church. An independent, … Continue reading

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March Storms

“Blow ye winds! Crack your cheeks!” King Lear howls in his rain-swept exile. Welcome winter rains here in California give this exile—banished like Ovid to wander among the Sythians and drink only milk from lenient mares—little comfort save ending the … Continue reading

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