Category Archives: musings (random daily thoughts)

chemistry

    The following is an email of mine sent this morning to an acquaintance.     *****************************************************     Scott —   I’m on a jaunt. I had a sort of epiphany just now (actually at about 7 a.m., … Continue reading

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horse intelligence (can animals think?, redux)

    In a recent post of mine “the forlorn cat”   https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/02/the-forlorn-cat/   I posed the question: “Can and do animals with whom we are familiar, such as dogs, cats, and horses, have emotions similar to our own? Can … Continue reading

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unable to love

      “What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov       *****************************************************     Could Theodore Dreiser ever truly love anyone? The answer is … Continue reading

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epiphany II

    The following is an email of mine.   — Roger W. Smith    September 28, 2017     *****************************************************     Janet and Scott —   In my blog post “epiphany”   https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/08/23/epiphany/   from a month or … Continue reading

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lament for The Common Man

        “We are living in a volatile political environment. You know, to just be grossly generalistic, you could put half of Trump’s supporters into what I call the basket of deplorables. Right? The racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamaphobic — you … Continue reading

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“Memories of the past make us who we are today.”

    A reader of my blog post from yesterday about my college roommate   “you really do know …” https://rogersgleanings.com/2017/09/19/you-really-do-know/   wrote, in response to the post: “Memories of the past make us who we are today.” While the point … Continue reading

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“a way to avoid death”

    I saw the documentary film Ex Libris, directed by Frederick Wiseman, today. The film, which is about the New York Public Library, has just been released. In one particular scene, a discussion group at the library’s main branch … Continue reading

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