Monthly Archives: November 2013

Everything except the squeal

We often forget how much has changed in one century. Here are some pertinent facts: in 1888, Jacob August Riis, an immigrant from Denmark, would photograph and write How the Other Half Lives. They didn’t live well. The U.S. Census … Continue reading

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Beautiful Things in this Republic of Freedom

At the tender age of eleven, the young Edith Wharton read the opening sentence of her novel to her mother, “Oh, how do you do, Mrs. Brown, said Mrs. Tompkins. “If only I had known you were going to call, … Continue reading

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Kings Crossing

As our days darken and the sun becomes truant, it is important to remember some signs of warmth before the snow and winds of December visit us, so I’d like to share an anecdote known to students of music. On … Continue reading

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World War I: The Forgotten Heroes

World War I ended after 1,926 days of hostilities. The numbers for total loss of life are almost beyond comprehension, yet every war has its heroes, those larger than life soldiers, but today I’d like to discuss the other heroes … Continue reading

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The Hunter of Hearts

By all accounts she was a difficult human being, a talented writer, a self-described “holy terror,” and in appearance both adolescent and a gargoyle. I prefer not to focus on the negative aspects of her character, because I think there … Continue reading

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