Monthly Archives: February 2018

on the importance of downtime

    … I have been a chronic loafer and an enthusiast of dolce far niente all my life. This is the other side of the Taoist percept that “doing nothing is better than to be busy doing nothing.” Almost … Continue reading

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on happiness vis-à-vis sadness (and the other way around)

      “We are more apt to feel depressed by the perpetually smiling individual than the one who is honestly sad. If we admit our depression openly and freely, those around us get from it an experience of freedom … Continue reading

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Roger’s rules for staying healthy (disregard at your peril!)

    drink lots of water, as much as you can (can you believe my latest doctor told me not to drink too many fluids in the evening?) don’t smoke; and, by all means, no drugs drink only a little, … Continue reading

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a February concert

      Last night I attended a concert at Carnegie Hall. The program: Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Robert Spano, conductor Bryce Dessner, “Voy a dormir”; Kelley O’Connor, Mezzo-Soprano Beethoven, Piano … Continue reading

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“The Green Leaves of Summer”

    My favorite Sarah Vaughan song — of a great many — is “The Green Leaves of Summer,” which is on YouTube at           *****************************************************   I absolutely love the singing and the voice of … Continue reading

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why some op-ed pieces bomb; or, should

      indigesitble genericspeak   “#MeToo Has Done What the Law Could Not” By Catharine A. Mackinnon The New York Times February 4, 2018       The #MeToo movement is accomplishing what sexual harassment law to date has … Continue reading

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Ted Williams’s last homerun: a footnote or two, and some trivia

              Everyone knows that Ted Williams, incredibly, homered in his last at bat in the final game of his Major League career at Boston’s Fenway Park. He homered off Baltimore Orioles pitcher Jack Fisher … Continue reading

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