Monthly Archives: January 2018

The Catch

    In 1954, Arnold Hano, a recently retired editor-in-chief at Lion Books in New York who had decided to try and make it as a freelance writer, took the D train to the Polo Grounds in Manhattan to attend … Continue reading

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leave baseball alone!

    This post is about baseball. It’s a little out of date, since most of details refer to the 2017 season. Well, anyway, it’s the Hot Stove League season, right?     *****************************************************     First, about an adjustment … Continue reading

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bedside manner

  Today, I had a routine checkup with a doctor in Manhattan. I was told at one point to get partially undressed and wait for the doctor’s “epiphany” (for him to appear and examine me). The doctor told me to … Continue reading

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    If I whet My glittering sword, And My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me. — Deuteronomy 32:41   He is despised and rejected of men; a … Continue reading

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is it possible (or desirable) to hold two divergent opinions at the same time?

      “I may indeed contradict myself now and then; but truth … I do not contradict.” — Michel de Montaigne     *****************************************************   “I suppose you have forgotten that many weeks ago I promised to send you an … Continue reading

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Carl Nielsen, “Helios Overture”

          Posted here is the Helios Overture by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen. The Helios Overture, Opus 17, is a concert overture which was first performed in Copenhagen in 1903. A Wikipedia entry provides background information … Continue reading

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a baseball story

  My high school English teacher, Robert W. Tighe, was, for some reason I never knew, a New York Yankees fan. This, despite the fact that, as far as I knew, he was raised in Massachusetts. He used to argue, … Continue reading

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