Monthly Archives: November 2017

the absurdity of racial categorizations (a glaring example)

    “Race is a construct, not a real thing.” — Luanne Castle, “Memoir and the Construct of Race” blog post, January 2018 Memoir and the Construct of Race       *****************************************************   In a previous blog post   “this isn’t … Continue reading

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code words

              Advertisement Sunday Review section The New York Times November 26, 2017 pg. 6     Friends Academy Locust Valley, Long Island, NY Quaker, Co-Educational, Independent Day School For ages 3 through twelfth grade. … Continue reading

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Sic semper tyrannis

    Have you noticed? On cable news stations now, it’s all Trump, all the time. Trump and his administration should be covered closely and his actions, statements, and claims scrutinized. But, in my humble opinion, it’s way too much. … Continue reading

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Mrs Miniver

    I recently saw the American film (which I had always assumed, mistakenly, was English) Mrs Miniver (1942) on television. I have seen it many times. The film, as described in a Wikipedia entry, “shows how the life of … Continue reading

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“I hear and behold God in every object”

    I hear and behold God in every object, yet I understand God not in the least, Nor do I understand who can ever be more wonderful than myself.   — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass     ***************************************************** … Continue reading

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Jean Renoir

    In a previous post of mine   “on aesthetic and cultural appreciation of literature and film; my favorite directors”   I discussed two of my favorite directors: Yasujirō Ozu and Robert Bresson. I would like to add a third … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, piano lover; Rudolf Serkin; my stereo; the Oak Crest Inn

      On November 22, I saw a solo piano concert by Sachiko Furuhata-Kersting at Carnegie Hall. Her program consisted of: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight”) Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 … Continue reading

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