Category Archives: musings (random daily thoughts)

The Water Music; thoughts about death

    Last night, on December 2, 2017, I attended a concert by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert began with Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major. It is good when … Continue reading

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“I hear and behold God in every object”

    I hear and behold God in every object, yet I understand God not in the least, Nor do I understand who can ever be more wonderful than myself.   — Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass     ***************************************************** … Continue reading

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will “ladies and gentlemen” go the way of the dodo?

      The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is replacing the phrase “ladies and gentlemen” in announcements with gender-neutral words in an effort to be more inclusive. Instead you’ll likely hear, “Good morning, everyone,” or, “Hello, passengers.” It’s just one of … Continue reading

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on hearing Brahms’s Requiem; views on death

      on hearing Brahms’s Requiem; views on death by Roger W. Smith       On Monday, November 6, 2017, I attended a performance of A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures (“Ein deutsches Requiem, nach … Continue reading

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some things never change

    My wife usually makes coffee in the morning. But she had an early morning engagement today, and I was planning to leave the house early. I went to our local Dunkin‘ Donuts to get two coffees to go. … Continue reading

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I am not the center of the universe.

    Call it an epiphany. Did you ever have an experience in the course of life, at a particular moment on a particular day — something seemingly inconsequential — that permanently altered your fundamental outlook on life? This happened … Continue reading

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“New York can be lived as a small town”

    “Even with that sprawl of humanity, New York can be lived as a small town, familiar and compact.” — “Immigrants Are Not the Enemy, They Are Us,” by Jim Dwyer, The New York Times, November 2, 2017   … Continue reading

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