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A Cool Mona Masterpiece: In Prison, Music Can Set You Free

Each year, the New York City-based Decoda Chamber Ensemble spends a week with inmates at the maximum security Lee Correctional Institution in South Carolina. They teach inmates to play instruments and compose their own music. At the end of the week, they perform for other inmates, prison staff and local officials. This year’s program (2.16.16) was called “Seasons of …

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A Cool Mona Book Review: The Muralist

The Muralist by B.A. Shapiro, published 2015. Talk about timing. An important look at two world-changing topics: the refugees of pre-war WWII trying to enter the United States and the budding American school of Abstract Expressionism. A strange combination, you’re thinking, but not so according to the beautiful piece of historical fiction B.A. Shapiro paints. …

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How To Help A Person In Pain

You can’t assume you know what’s going on but you can find a compassionate way to ask. Don’t start sentences with “you”—it puts people on the defensive. So rather than “You’ve been different lately,” say “I notice you’re more tearful, more angry. Is this something you want to talk about?” And if so, tell her how …