Category Archives: general interest

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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photos, photos (ears of corn)

    I just received a book I had ordered from Reporter: A Memoir by Seymour Hersh. I am eager to read it Well, I WAS eager to read it. I flipped through it and took a look at … Continue reading

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washing their hands

    When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye … Continue reading

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“I feel really great.”

    “I feel really great,” Mr. Trump said. “It’s going to be a great discussion and, I think, tremendous success. I think it’s going to be really successful, and I think we will have a terrific relationship. I have … Continue reading

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re “Under the Sun” (a film about North Korea)

    Three years ago (it seems like yesterday), I saw a film at the Film Forum in Manhattan: Under the Sun, a documentary film about North Korea. Such a film would be pretty much unavailable in movie theaters outside … Continue reading

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On Friendships: Forming, Preserving, and (Sometimes) Knowing When to End Them

    “For the rest, what we commonly call friends and friendships, are nothing but acquaintance and familiarities, either occasionally contracted, or upon some design, by means of which there happens some little intercourse betwixt our souls. But in the … Continue reading

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“There is nothing generic about human life.”

      I am reading a recently published book by Kate Bowler: Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I’ve Loved. Ms. Bowler is a professor at Duke Divinity School. In 2015, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with Stage … Continue reading

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