Category Archives: Death

A GLIMMER OF HOPE (1)

(Gemma, this post’s for you. We have a deal.) When I wrote the post What Does Being Human Mean, Anyway? the morning after the Boston Marathon Massacre, I was angry, distraught, and in despair. Despair = de spero = out of … Continue reading

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WHAT DOES BEING HUMAN MEAN, ANYWAY?

The eager innocent eyes are those of Martin Richard, 8 years old, first victim of the depraved bombers who desecrated the Boston Marathon. The marathon commemorates the horseback ride of Paul Revere to rouse his fellow countrymen on April 15th, … Continue reading

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The SESSIONS Session

This is a follow-up to previous post, Why I Haven’t Been Posting Lately, wherein I lamented having to deal with 20th century composer Roger Sessions’ musical setting of Walt Whitman’s poetic elegy for Abraham Lincoln, “When Lilacs Last in the … Continue reading

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The “WHOMP!” Factor

And what do I mean by the “WHOMP!” factor? Well, for Downton Abbey watchers, it was the episode just before last in Season 3, when Lady Sybil, in the throes of childbirth, suddenly began to exhibit symptoms of eclampsia and … Continue reading

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MUM’S THE WORD FOR THIS FLOWER SHOW

This austere polished ramp leads down to the greenhouses at Smith College. Why were we here? Only because we had guests, and I was fresh out of ideas of what to do with them, and the Chrysanthemum show was on. … Continue reading

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The End of a Relationship?

Originally posted on purringly:
This morning, I was made aware of that there’s a commenting problem going around in WordPress. On March 14, they changed something in their commenting system, and this is apparently causing problems. Some people can’t comment…

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A Wonder and a Delight —-

  Back in 1930 Edith Hamilton wrote in her classic, The Greek Way: “The Greeks were not the victims of depression. Greek literature is not done in gray or with a low palette. It is all black and shining white or … Continue reading

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