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“The Night Before Christmas: The Musical”

A few weeks ago I shared my admiration of Alma Deutscher, a German-English musical prodigy who’s been writing operas since she was  in elementary school.  I recently encountered this video of her singing with her little sister, ‘reciting’ the classic … Continue reading

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A Decade in Music

Marian recently posted a fascinating survey regarding the music we’ve listened to in the last ten years.     Considering how much I listen to music — constantly, unless I’m at work, sleeping, or reading —    it was a tough exercise to … Continue reading

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White Cliffs of ‘Bama

For a while now I’ve wanted to visit the White Cliffs of Epes, Alabama,  which were created around the same time as the far more famous White Cliffs of Dover.   Today was a beautiful autumn day that begged for some … Continue reading

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Armistice Day – Never Forget

As well as it is to honor veterans, let us never forget the original meaning of this date, November 11th. 101 years ago the guns fell silent in Europe, and the great horror of the First World War ended. Twenty … Continue reading

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  So….I’m sampling different translations of The Brothers Karamazov in preparation for December’s  classics reading, and apparently it’s a wacky comedy!    This cover appears as the Kindle edition for the Peavers/Volohonsky translation, which is the one I’m most leaning towards. … Continue reading

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The Ballad of Tom Joad

Tom Joad got out of the old McAlester Pen; There he got his parole. After four long years on a man killing charge, Tom Joad come a-walkin’ down the road, poor boy, Tom Joad come a-walkin’ down the road. Tom … Continue reading

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The News

The News: A User’s Manual© 2014 Alain de Botton272 pages The news more than any other modern institution has taken the role of shaping a nation’s collective consciousness, but  what shape does that leave us in? Alain de Botton’s The … Continue reading

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