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Of Job And Flies
2017-08-14 20:59
It seems boys tore the wings off of flies in the 16th century just as some likely do now.  Do the gods (still?) kill us for their sport?  So thought the Duke of Gloucester in… Read More
Apocalypse None
2017-08-07 04:11
The Gospel of Mark is thought to be the oldest of the four Gospels which have been accepted by the Church and, it seems, Protestant churches as well.  As we know, there are other g… Read More
A Stay In Bedlam
2017-07-27 23:29
 It's unclear whether we're inmates or visitors, but I think we've reached the place.  Let us go then, you and I, into Bedlam. It's said Bedlam is another name for Bethlehem R… Read More
Idol Speculation
2017-07-23 19:07
It's said that successful demagogues grasp more than others the fact that people when part of a group are manipulated not by reason or argument but by an appeal to emotion and the mere repet… Read More
2017-07-13 16:22
These words appear in the final chapter of Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.  Thus he characterizes what he's described in prior volumes in six words.  It s… Read More
Failing Hands
2017-07-02 18:25
In the past month or so, I've fallen three times.  For no good reason.  That's not to say there's ever a good reason for falling, although I suppose that if it's in the course of d… Read More
In Praise Of Thinking
2017-06-25 19:12
Those of a certain age may remember Rodin's statute, The Thinker, primarily due to the appearance of its likeness on TV, looming over Dobie Gillis as he thought aloud; mostly regarding his m… Read More
2017-06-20 18:42
It's not exactly the cheeriest of poems, but I've always been fond of it.  I refer of course to Matthew Arnold's poem "Dover Beach."  It's one of those poems high school students w… Read More
2017-06-06 21:16
Last weekend, I attended a performance of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra during one of my solo sojourns to the downtown of The City of Broad Shoulders, the Windy City as it's also called.&nb&hell…Read More
2017-05-29 17:32
I was reading some of the so-called "War Poets" last evening, preparatory I suppose to Memorial Day, or perhaps more properly inspired by it.  Those poets were, of course, poets of the… Read More

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