Tag Archives: Walt Whitman

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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my writing; a response to my critics

    In this post, I would like to consider and respond to criticisms of my writing which have been made by readers of this blog from time to time. In responding, I have used my own writing and writing … Continue reading

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“A March in the Ranks Hard-Prest”

              I am reaching the end of the novel Work: A Story of Experience by Louisa May Alcott, which I have been reading for a few weeks by fits and starts (as is often … Continue reading

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the particular matters; quotes from famous authors

    “To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour.” — William Blake, “Auguries of Innocence”   “If the … Continue reading

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on the glories of English

        It is organic. It is unstructured and unregulated. It has developed naturally. It seems to a native speaker such as myself unequaled in its richness, by which I mean to say the variety of source languages … Continue reading

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on walking (and exercise)

      Pressed with conflicting thoughts of love and fear I parted from thee, Friend! and took my way Through the great City, pacing with an eye Downcast, ear sleeping, and feet masterless That were sufficient guide unto themselves, … Continue reading

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thoughts about Charles Ives (and Copland, Barber, and Gershwin) … plus thoughts about making lists of favorites (and making such judgments in general)

    On Sunday, February 25, I attended a performance of Charles Ives’s Symphony No. 2 by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. The program notes for the concert read as follows: Charles Ives is widely recognized as the … Continue reading

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