Monthly Archives: June 2008

I Miss Johnny Carson

Bridget In these days of late night shows devoted 95% to shilling for their corporate multimedia parents’ shows and stars, I miss Johnny Carson. I was reminded of just how much yesterday morning when “CBS Sunday Morning” (another shill-meister) had … Continue reading

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Another Ode: Maple Syrup

Scarlet Abed 1 Maple syrup. Do Europeans even know of it? Although as Wikipedia reminds us it may potentially be made wherever maple trees grow (which I would guess is in mid-latitude climates pretty much worldwide), it really requires a … Continue reading

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The World as Garbage

Rosina leaning over her balcony,waving to Lindoro (Count Almaviva) Perhaps only coincidentally with Disney-Pixar’s release of WALL-E this week, the NY Times yesterday ran a front-page article, only slightly tongue-in-cheek, regarding garbage travails in England. I sent the article to … Continue reading

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Thinking of Downsizing

Mix of Meg 14 You “kids” who are still shy of the prime of your earnings, who are still in the middle of child-rearing, with all the living space that entails, and for whom retirement seems a hazy dream set … Continue reading

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An Ode to Tonic

Pistol 2-15 As I write [yesterday], it’s 83 degrees here and on its inexorable way to nearly 90. It’s a good day to think about tonic. In fact, it’s a good day to drink tonic. Pardon me while I go … Continue reading

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A Little Romance

Manzanillo 08-8 Email received from one of my uncles yesterday evening, a little note of romance after yesterday’s coldly analytic posting: Going through a carton of loose papers saved by … Wilma [his mother, my grandmother], I came across a … Continue reading

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To Pay or Not To Pay …

Paige Returns 8 … that is the question. Actually, that is the answer. I’ll explain. I’ve written on this subject of “fee vs. prints” before, but Lin’s posting yesterday on Fluffytek discussing, with tongue-in-cheek incredulity, “private dancers” (as she denoted … Continue reading

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Il Trittico

Sarah 22 Yesterday’s noontime PBS broadcast of the Met production of Puccini’s Il Trittico was initially painful to watch. Notwithstanding the gorgeous sets, the effective staging, and the principals’ superb voices, the video was out of sync. I don’t understand … Continue reading

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Danielle in Color 8 All they could do is fire the guy? My wife brought this one to my attention: a school teacher in a small Ohio community was fired for preaching his Christian beliefs to students and for burning … Continue reading

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Frustration and Drool

Sari Cloth 5 When retired, travel. Do it before you are dead. Oh, how I wish we could — at least travel more. It’s just not happening to the degree I wish, and that is a source of frustration. The … Continue reading

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