Category Archives: general interest

“Baby’s Hands”

            From Little Pictures of Japan (1925) edited by Olive Beaupré Miller, a treasured children’s book inherited from my mother.     — Roger W. Smith

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missed opportunities

      … if sleeplessness or passiveness keeps you from the usual go-round of night and day : take this message and imagine it was sent to you alone with these words: I don’t have to be afraid of … Continue reading

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Some things that happened never happened.

    “Some things that happened never happened” is an oxymoron. I made it up. An oxymoron known as a Yogi Berra-ism (or, yogism), that is. The American neologism yogism (which I would spell with two i’s) is defined as … Continue reading

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“The Little Red Hen”

    Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm. She was friends with a lazy dog, a sleepy cat, and a noisy yellow duck. One day the little red hen found some … Continue reading

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re Boston and environs as compared to NYC

    I just completed a trip to Massachusetts, including the city of Boston and the Greater Boston area. While stuck in traffic several times (too many), both in Boston proper and on the surrounding highways, I started to muse, … Continue reading

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Thoreau’s last journal

      From age 20 on, Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) copiously kept a journal in which he recorded his observations about nature and his thoughts. The journal provided the grist for some of his finest writings. The following is … Continue reading

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a significant (glaring) omission

                I recently saw the documentary film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, about urban theorist and activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) and her epic battle during the 1960’s against city planner Robert Moses … Continue reading

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