Monthly Archives: April 2017

genealogical notes: Hart family of Southeastern Massachusetts

    Posted here in the form of downloadable Word file (below) are extensive notes I compiled over the course of several years on my New England Hart family ancestors. It was a very interesting family to research. My maternal … Continue reading

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some thoughts about the criminal justice system

    Posted on the New York Times website yesterday in response to an article in the Times about the decision to deny parole to Judith Clark, who was convicted of felony murder for her involvement in the 1981 Brink’s … Continue reading

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thoughts about Chekhov

      Elisabeth Vandermeer has a wonderful site about Russian literature that has been attracting devotees: “A Russian Affair” Her posts so far have been included her commentary on Tolstoy; Turgenev; Dostoevsky; Pushkin; Ivan Goncharov’s novel “Oblomov”; and, … Continue reading

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let them frolic!

        “Sunday: we make it the dullest day in the week when it might be made the cheeriest. Will the people ever come to base ball, plays, concerts, yacht races, on Sundays? That would seem like clear … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “On Rereading Theodore Dreiser’s ‘An American Tragedy’ “

    This post is also available as a downloadable Word document (below).     I don’t have a Ph.D. and lack the academic qualifications of many literary scholars, yet I have a broad and deep knowledge of literature from … Continue reading

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my Revolutionary War ancestor

      The following is the text of an email of mine to a friend today.   — Roger W. Smith, April 18, 2017     ************************************************************     Scott —   My mother’s ancestral link to the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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Thoreau on walking

          Henry David Thoreau, ‘Walking’ – The Atlantic Monthly, June 1862     I just returned from a morning “ramble” of around two and a half hours. I woke up feeling woolly-headed and like I needed … Continue reading

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