Category Archives: personal reminiscences of Roger W. Smith

when knowledge (and learning) can prove to be useful; the pleasures of pedantry

    “We all know that as the human body can be nourished on any food, though it were boiled grass and the broth of shoes, so the human mind can be fed by any knowledge.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, … Continue reading

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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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good neighbors (in a metropolis)

          Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. — Matthew 22:31     *****************************************************   I have lived in New York City since early adulthood. New Yorkers cold and impersonal? Too busy to be Good Samaritans? … Continue reading

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the effervescent (sometimes typographically challenged) pedant

    I am blessed to come from a family that is very verbal, that delights in oral and written exchanges and expression and in word play. It seems as if they always put things just right, and often they … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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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