Category Archives: my city and neighborhood

New York sunlight (and New York joys)

    The grass that grows by absorbing the life-giving energy of the sun becomes a metaphor of *the ceaseless springing forth of life from death.’” — David S. Reynolds, Walt Whitman: A Cultural Biography (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, … Continue reading

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a Manhattan jaunt

    Yesterday, Sunday, November 12, I set out from my house, intending to walk the whole perimeter of Manhattan. It is a walk of around 32 miles and is said to take 12 to 15 hours. I started from … Continue reading

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“I went to the school of New York.”

      “A whale ship was my Yale College and my Harvard.” — Herman Melville, Moby-Dick     *****************************************************   I was talking on the phone today with my longtime friend from my first days in New York, Bill … 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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an island … a city surrounded by WATER

                  photographs by Roger W. Smith       *****************************************************     The photographs posted here above were all taken by me within the past few months in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens, … Continue reading

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a Carnegie Hall concert

    I attended a concert yesterday evening at Carnegie Hall in Manhattan. It began with Beethoven’s symphony No. 1. I felt like I was lifted off the floor. An experience not unlike what Walt Whitman describes in Leaves of … 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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