Category Archives: Elinor Handy Smith (Roger W. Smith’s mother)

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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left vs. right brainedness; and, CREATIVITY

    An animated discussion with an acquaintance the other day got me to thinking about the concept of left vs. right brainedness (known by scientists as lateralization of brain function) and how it affects people. Clearly, it is a … Continue reading

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one cent more

    My mother, Elinor Handy Smith, had an excellent, novelistic memory. She remembered all sorts of particulars that brought her past and the people who populated her past alive. She told amusing stories about herself too. Like how, graduating … Continue reading

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hats

    The other day, I used a cliché in conversation with a friend. I had shared an audiotape of an interesting lecture with him. “If you don’t find it interesting,” I said, “I’ll eat my hat.” He joked that … Continue reading

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“my shining visage”

    I had a somewhat remarkable experience in connection with a memory today. I had a mild, temporary disappointment once. It was over 50 years ago. My parents were going out somewhere for the evening. I hesitated and then … Continue reading

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two letters of condolence; and how (in my opinion) to write one

      Two letters of condolence are posted here: from my father to the wife of a deceased relative from me to the wife of high school classmate of mine     *****************************************************             … Continue reading

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two of my favorite piano sonatas and how important the performer seems to be

    They are as follows:     Beethoven, piano sonata no. 27, opus 90, second movement (“Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen”; Not too swiftly and conveyed in a singing manner)     Andrew Rangell   Emil Gilels … Continue reading

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