Category Archives: personal reminiscences of Roger W. Smith

can the sun “grin”?

  I learned in yesterday’s New York Times about the passing of my former journalism professor Maurice (Mickey) Carroll, who died on December 6th.   “Maurice Carroll, Political Reporter and Pollster, Dies at 86” By Sam Roberts The New York … Continue reading

Posted in personal reminiscences of Roger W. Smith, writing (the craft of writing; good vs. bad writing; my training, experience, and lessons re same) | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Roger W. Smith, piano lover; Rudolf Serkin; my stereo; the Oak Crest Inn

      On November 22, I saw a solo piano concert by Sachiko Furuhata-Kersting at Carnegie Hall. Her program consisted of: Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp Minor, Op. 27, No. 2 (“Moonlight”) Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 21 … Continue reading

Posted in music (from the point of view of a listener), personal reminiscences of Roger W. Smith | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in my city and neighborhood, my favorite music, personal reminiscences of Roger W. Smith, Walt Whitman | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

serendipity (or, should I say, the paranormal)

    It usually is the case that if two people don’t get along, they can’t have a successful working relationship. This applies to an instructor and a student. If the thing being taught is something technical, you would think … Continue reading

Posted in general interest, personal reminiscences of Roger W. Smith | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

when knowledge (and learning) can prove to be useful

    I am reading Thoreau’s essay on walking. From a recent exhibit at the Morgan Library, I learned that Thoreau, who some moderns may think of as a sort of proto hippie, was very studious and had a very … Continue reading

Posted in general interest, personal reminiscences of Roger W. Smith | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

afraid of commitment … and death

    During my lifetime, I have benefited from having friends whom I met in all sorts of ways, from school to work to many other venues; and from having friends who have ranged from the conventional and successful to … Continue reading

Posted in personal psychology (Roger W. Smith observations re), personal reminiscences of Roger W. Smith | Tagged , | Leave a comment

hats

    The other day, I used a cliché in conversation with a friend. I had shared an audiotape of an interesting lecture with him. “If you don’t find it interesting,” I said, “I’ll eat my hat.” He joked that … Continue reading

Posted in Elinor Handy Smith (Roger W. Smith's mother), general interest, literature, personal reminiscences of Roger W. Smith | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment