Monthly Archives: June 2018

immigration policy, Walt Whitman, and Donald Trump’s wall; or, the Berlin Wall redux

      “Immigrants are some of the most courageous and industrious people humanity has to offer.” — Chardo Richardson, House of Representatives candidate in Florida   “[W]hen New York was being abandoned in the 1960s and 1970s, a flood … Continue reading

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the head versus the heart

    Here’s a simple post. And a simple thought. A friend left me a voice mail yesterday. He asked me if I would like to go to the Bronx Zoo with him sometime in the near future and said … Continue reading

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“expressing outrage” … admirable or to be frowned upon?

    I received an email from a relative last week. It was, on the surface at least, well meaning, but it could also be construed as condescending. Re your email expressing outrage with Trump and incarcerated kids, at least … Continue reading

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Carl Nielsen, “Der er et yndigt land” (A fair and lovely land)

            Posted here are two versions of the anthem “Der er et yndigt land” (A fair and lovely land) by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen. The text is by the Danish poet Adam Oehlenschläger. As … Continue reading

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parental love

    Re the horrendous crime of separating the children of immigrants from their parents. (And it is a crime for which there are no moral or legal reasons, no justification, and no excuses. As the Archbishop of San Antonio, … Continue reading

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Alan Hovhaness, “Ave Maria”; governmental cruelty (including state sanctioned child abuse) beyond belief

          I am reposting here a cantata, “Ave Maria” (1955), by the composer Alan Hovhaness (1911-2000). This short piece combines beauty with pathos. I felt this morning that the music would console me. I wanted to … Continue reading

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Beethoven; nature

  I was listening to the fifth movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale) conducted by Simon Rattle:     “Hirtengesänge – Frohe und dankbare Gefühle nach dem Sturm” (Shepherds’ song. Happy and thankful feelings after the storm). Great rendition. It … Continue reading

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