Category Archives: general interest

spring fever

            photograph by Roger W. Smith         song, “It was a Lover and his Lass” (performed by the Deller Consort)       *****************************************************     “It was a Lover and his … Continue reading

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when in doubt, assume a greater, rather than lesser, degree of intelligence

    Roger’s theorem (or perhaps a corollary). When in doubt, assume a greater, rather than lesser, degree of intelligence. Talk UP to people; not DOWN. And, besides the admonition don’t talk down to people, if in doubt, assume a … Continue reading

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manifesto (my response to critical comments on this site)

    Montaigne wrote about everything under the sun; he’s my model. Samuel Johnson in his essays did something similar. A former English teacher colleague of my wife told me once, “You could write about a doorknob and make it … 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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Catch-22 and higher education

  You can’t get a good job without a college degree. A white collar job? Forget about it. Good luck getting a response to your resume. There are another 23 million or so young adults out there with college degrees. … Continue reading

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a “missed opportunity”

    Did this ever happen to you? I am sure there are many examples of it in literature. I was angry with someone over something the other day that has been festering. My anger was feeding on itself. it … Continue reading

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empathy

    One day we were in the garden. Father stood looking in at the pig. Mother was hanging clothes out, and I was weeding. Two travelling journeymen came past. They were dusty, carried knapsacks on their backs, and looked … Continue reading

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