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some of my best friends …

      “Two wrongs don’t make a right.” “Don’t cry over spilt milk.” “A watched pot never boils.” “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” “A stitch in time saves nine.” “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound … 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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empathy

    One day we were in the garden. Father stood looking in at the pig. Mother was hanging clothes out, and I was weeding. Two travelling journeymen came past. They were dusty, carried knapsacks on their backs, and looked … Continue reading

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vengeance

    If I whet My glittering sword, And My hand takes hold on judgment, I will render vengeance to My enemies, And repay those who hate Me. — Deuteronomy 32:41   He is despised and rejected of men; a … 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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one cent more

    My mother, Elinor Handy Smith, had an excellent, novelistic memory. She remembered all sorts of particulars that brought her past and the people who populated her past alive. She told amusing stories about herself too. Like how, graduating … Continue reading

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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

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