Monthly Archives: January 2018

proverbs from Roger’s writing lair (with a nod to Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”)

    simple, declarative sentences are not necessarily better than complex ones; the converse is equally true clarity is a desideratum, but it is not necessarily a bad thing to challenge the reader loose verbiage is not a hallmark of … Continue reading

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damning with faint praise

    Consider … the most popular novelist in the English language–Charles Dickens. His characters are types, not people. With some honorable exceptions like Great Expectations and David Copperfield; his plots are unwieldy and ultimately uninvolving. He exposed alarming social … Continue reading

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the ferry

                photographs by Roger W. Smith       *****************************************************     The glories strung like beads on my smallest sights and hearings—on the walk in the street, and the passage over the … Continue reading

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Agnus Dei from Haydn’s Missa in tempore belli

          Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis. Agnus Dei, qui tollis peccata mundi, dona nobis pacem. Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the … Continue reading

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a better, stronger country?

    re “As a 2-State Solution Loses Steam, a 1-State Plan Gains Traction”   By David M. Halbfinger The New York Times January 5, 2018         *****************************************************   The article states: The Israeli right, emboldened by President Trump’s … Continue reading

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on the glories of English

      It is organic. It is unstructured and unregulated. It has developed naturally. It seems to a native speaker such as myself unequaled in its richness, by which I mean to say the variety of source languages — … Continue reading

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good neighbors (in a metropolis)

          Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. — Matthew 22:31     *****************************************************   I have lived in New York City since early adulthood. New Yorkers cold and impersonal? Too busy to be Good Samaritans? … Continue reading

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