Category Archives: Challenge

Hey, Fat Lady!

“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings….”   It’s a great phrase, isn’t it? It references what used to be the stereotypically overweight sopranos of Grand Opera. (Since the advent of the Metropolitan Opera’s HD television simulcasts, we’ve been getting glamour … Continue reading

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Promiscuously, in a Vase

Why have I been sequestered so long, away from my blogs (and yours)? I’ve been preparing to moderate a seminar on the Cultural Arts of Japan in our local Learning in Retirement program. I’m sure that in a previous life … Continue reading

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Tout Comprendre, C’est Tout Pardonner —

or in English, To understand everything, is to forgive everything. It happened like this. I was brushing my teeth this morning when this proverbial phrase flew into my head (don’t ask) and stuck there.  And stayed there. Hmmm, I kept … Continue reading

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What Matters in the End?

Here is one answer, from playwright, author, actor Alice Childress:  “Life is just a short walk from the cradle to the grave, and it sure behooves us to be kind to one another along the way.” And here is another, from … Continue reading

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Jen Earns an A — in Artichokes!

Jen, of the delightful Random Acts of Writing, blogs close enough to where I live to visit once in a while. After a recent post about artichokes, she commented that she’d tried not long ago to cook and eat an … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter —

Yes, corn is my first love. (And asparagus is my second, but that’s a springtime story —) In general, most members of the vegetable tribe have at least my strong affection. Here’s one of those vegetable loves that requires a … Continue reading

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Shock and Awe at Yale

On a recent visit to the newly expanded and renovated Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, CT, this is the first thing that greeted our eyes beyond the glass doors: We automatically found ourselves looking up. Seeing nothing beyond … Continue reading

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Getting Up Early in the Morning?

I know lots of people who do, but I don’t. (Normally, that is. This photo is an anomaly.) The warm shelter of the quilt is too cozy, my body insists on just a few more minutes — and then a … Continue reading

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Of Making Many Books, There is No End — or Reward?

“Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.” Ecclesiastes 12 It was that way right from the beginning, I’m sure. Carvers in stone, makers of runes,  scribes in papyrus and parchment, … Continue reading

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Like a Snake in Springtime …

“The snake which cannot cast its skin has to die. As well the minds which are prevented from changing their opinions; they cease to be mind.” — Friedrich Nietzsche Spring, that season of new growth, is generally greeted with joy. And … Continue reading

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