Tag Archives: Charles Pierre

“I Hear America Singing”

                *****************************************************     I Hear America Singing By Walt Whitman   I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear, Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and … Continue reading

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manifesto (my response to critical comments on this site)

    Montaigne wrote about everything under the sun; he’s my model. Samuel Johnson in his essays did something similar. A former English teacher colleague of my wife told me once, “You could write about a doorknob and make it … Continue reading

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    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

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missed opportunities

      … if sleeplessness or passiveness keeps you from the usual go-round of night and day : take this message and imagine it was sent to you alone with these words: I don’t have to be afraid of … Continue reading

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