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on caring for sick people (and why the health care system often fails them) … plus, what I have learned about same from experience and reading; and from Walt Whitman, Florence Nightingale, and the heroic nurses of the Civil War, by Roger W. Smith

      “I start off with a prejudice against doctors anyway.” — Walt Whitman; quoted in Horace Traubel, With Walt Whitman in Camden (July 12, 1888)     “I love doctors and hate their medicine.” Whitman; quoted in Horace … Continue reading

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“After the Supper and Talk”

    This poem made me think of my recently departed friend Bill Dalzell, and of our talks during his last months.     AFTER THE SUPPER AND TALK. After the supper and talk—after the day is done, As a … Continue reading

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The Water Music; thoughts about death

    Last night, on December 2, 2017, I attended a concert by the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York. The concert began with Handel’s Water Music Suite No. 2 in D Major. It is good when … Continue reading

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on hearing Brahms’s Requiem; views on death

      on hearing Brahms’s Requiem; views on death by Roger W. Smith       On Monday, November 6, 2017, I attended a performance of A German Requiem, to Words of the Holy Scriptures (“Ein deutsches Requiem, nach … Continue reading

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