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“Baby’s Hands”

            From Little Pictures of Japan (1925) edited by Olive Beaupré Miller, a treasured children’s book inherited from my mother.     — Roger W. Smith

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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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Some things that happened never happened.

    “Some things that happened never happened” is an oxymoron. I made it up. An oxymoron known as a Yogi Berra-ism (or, yogism), that is. The American neologism yogism (which I would spell with two i’s) is defined as … Continue reading

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in which it is asserted that white is black (or is it black is white?)

    while we are asked to disbelieve our own eyes and  dismiss common sense     *****************************************************     I said, “there was a society of men among us, bred up youth in the art of proving, by words … Continue reading

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“The Little Red Hen”

    Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who lived on a farm. She was friends with a lazy dog, a sleepy cat, and a noisy yellow duck. One day the little red hen found some … Continue reading

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Jonathan Swift on lawyers

    In which the author, Lemuel Gulliver, converses with his Houyhnhnm master and, “at his master’s command, informs him of the state of England.”     *****************************************************     I said, “there was a society of men among us, … Continue reading

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Swift

    Jonathan Swift is the one of the greatest satirists English literature has ever seen. (Juvenal an ancient rival.) How many times can one read Gulliver’s Travels and not be bored or not fail to be entertained. The answer: … Continue reading

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