Category Archives: musings (random daily thoughts)

preparing for a trip; advice from a travel maven

      In the summer of 2016, I went on a trip with a friend to Spain. I was frantically trying to get ready at the last minute, to make sure I had done everything I intended to do … Continue reading

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on poverty

    “In civilised society, personal merit will not serve you so much as money will. Sir, you may make the experiment. Go into the street, and give one man a lecture on morality, and another a shilling, and see … Continue reading

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reflections on yesterday

    I had a long day yesterday. It began with an early morning appointment in Manhattan. It concluded (the Manhattan part of my day) with a concert at Carnegie Hall. The concert program included a performance of a lengthy … Continue reading

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in a towered city, far from the busy hum of men

            I had an appointment in the City this afternoon. Having been remiss about walking lately, I decided to walk home. It takes me about two and a half hours. Walking is an excellent antidote … Continue reading

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happiness is … an expectant concert audience

                          “As soon as I enter the door of a tavern, I experience oblivion of care, and a freedom from solicitude. There is nothing which has yet been … Continue reading

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on the importance of downtime

    … I have been a chronic loafer and an enthusiast of dolce far niente all my life. This is the other side of the Taoist percept that “doing nothing is better than to be busy doing nothing.” Almost … Continue reading

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musical (and non-musical) musings

    On Christmas Eve, December 24, 2017, I attended a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York which included a performance of Mozart’s Sinfonia concertante in E-flat Major, K. 364. A sinfonia concertante (also called symphonie concertante) is an … Continue reading

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