Category Archives: my family

a February concert

      Last night I attended a concert at Carnegie Hall. The program: Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G Minor, K. 550; Orchestra of St. Luke’s; Robert Spano, conductor Bryce Dessner, “Voy a dormir”; Kelley O’Connor, Mezzo-Soprano Beethoven, Piano … Continue reading

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a trip to Massachusetts (and its disappointing aftermath)

    During the month just ended, I took a trip to Massachusetts to attend the American Literature Association’s annual conference in Boston, and also to take photos of personal interest from the point of view of my personal history … Continue reading

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A Walt Whitman Letter; and, What Can Be Inferred from It about Letter Writing in General

    Camden [NJ] Friday noon, 26th Sept.     Dear son Pete,   Your letter of yesterday came this forenoon—that was a rather serious runaway of cars in the tunnel a week ago—& mighty lucky to get off as … Continue reading

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My Father’s Career as a Musician

  A message from someone who read a post on this blog, asking about my father’s career as a musician, prompted me to respond as follows:   — Roger W. Smith       September 2016       ****************************************************************   re … Continue reading

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Marquess of Queensberry rules for arguments (my personal views on the subject)

    A full downloadable Word document is below.     *****************************************************     Marquess of Queensberry rules for arguments by Roger W. Smith     My List of Virtues contained at first but twelve: But a Quaker Friend having … Continue reading

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a note from my mother

    Mom’s note to Roger, 1964 Wed. – Dear Rog – Sorry we let you get off without even discussing clothes with you. Had such a good weekend with you — Rog – I enclose check for $10. – … Continue reading

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Ralph Ellis Handy, college yearbook

University of Massachusetts, class of 1914 Ralph Ellis Handy was my maternal grandfather                    

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