Category Archives: general interest

Ralph Colp, Jr. review of “The Gates of Memory” by Geoffrey Keynes

  Ralph Colp, Jr. review of ‘The Gates of Memory’ by Geoffrey Keynes     As shown in my post “tribute to Ralph Colp, Jr., MD” https://rogersgleanings.com/2016/02/16/tribute-to-ralph-colp-jr-md/   My former therapist, the late Ralph Colp, Jr., was an extraordinary man. Posted … Continue reading

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“The Poet”

    In the “Divinity School Address” [given at Harvard Divinity School in 1838, Ralph Waldo] Emerson at times made it sound as though his understanding of Christ had transformed that figure into a type of the artist, a man … Continue reading

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New York sunlight (and New York joys)

      “The grass that grows by absorbing the life-giving energy of the sun becomes [in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass] a metaphor of ‘the ceaseless springing forth of life from death.’” — David S. Reynolds, Walt Whitman: A … Continue reading

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“What is the grass?”

          A child said, What is the grass? fetching it to me with full hands; How could I answer the child?. . . .I do not know what it is any more than he.   I … 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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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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