Tag Archives: Elinor Handy Smith

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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two letters of condolence; and how (in my opinion) to write one

      Two letters of condolence are posted here: from my father to the wife of a deceased relative from me to the wife of high school classmate of mine     *****************************************************             … Continue reading

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two of my favorite piano sonatas and how important the performer seems to be

    They are as follows:     Beethoven, piano sonata no. 27, opus 90, second movement (“Nicht zu geschwind und sehr singbar vorgetragen”; Not too swiftly and conveyed in a singing manner)     Andrew Rangell   Emil Gilels … Continue reading

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my Revolutionary War ancestor

      The following is the text of an email of mine to a friend today.   — Roger W. Smith, April 18, 2017     ************************************************************     Scott —   My mother’s ancestral link to the Revolutionary … Continue reading

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Roger W. Smith, “My Boyhood”

    The following post is in both the form of a downloadable Word document (below) and text that follows.     — Roger W. Smith       *********************************************************** Roger W. Smith, “My Boyhood”       Birth I … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. One great thing about it is that it comes on a Thursday and that normally means a four day weekend for all, with time to travel to and join … Continue reading

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