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Category Archives: And Furthermore…

AROUND THE WORLD IN FIVE GENRES

TURNER MOVIE CLASSICS recently aired Mike Todd’s Around the World in 80 Days, 1956. This got me thinking about the marvelous tale by Jules Verne in his novel, Le Tour … Continue reading

April 11, 2021 · Leave a comment

STRENGTHEN YE, STRENGTHEN YE!

THERE ARE SEVERAL views on the etymology of the word “stork,” but Katherine Rundell’s suggestion is particularly appealing in “Consider the Stork?,” London Review of Books, April 1, 2021.  “Storks … Continue reading

April 9, 2021 · Leave a comment

RICHARD DIAMOND TEACHES ME ABOUT AN EARLIER ERA

I AM ADDICTED to SiriusXM’s “Radio Classics.” Indeed, Wife Dottie says that one day I’ll wake up in 1944 and get all nerdy about our Ration Book’s missing red stamps … Continue reading

March 31, 2021 · Leave a comment

EXTRAORDINARY ARCHITECTURE FOR ORDINARY FOLK

THIS YEAR’S WINNERS of the Pritzker Architecture Prize, often referred to as that profession’s Nobel Prize, are French couple Anne Lacaton and Jean-Philippe Vassal. Unlike many architects of note, the … Continue reading

March 27, 2021 · 1 Comment

THIS JUST IN—FROM HERE AND THERE

OUR DAILY NEWS cycle has toned down considerably, now that we have capable adults in control in Washington, D.C. Nonetheless, fascinating news items still crop up. Here are tidbits on … Continue reading

March 25, 2021 · Leave a comment

PARENTAL ADVICE TO WIFE DOTTIE

WIFE DOTTIE is the youngest of four children, 13 years younger than her sister, with elder brothers who served in World War II. Thus, her mother and father had seen … Continue reading

March 23, 2021 · 2 Comments

THE DOW JONES INDUSTRIALS, THEN AND NOW

A FELLOW ALUMNUS of Worcester Polytechnic Institute, class of ’65, inspired me to learn more about the Dow Jones Industrial Average, 1965 versus 2021. The Dow’s evolution is a suitable … Continue reading

March 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

BOIS-CLAIR’S TURNING PICTURES

AN AD FROM M.S. RAU, Fine Art—Antiques—Jewels, in  The New York Times, March 7, 2021, reads “Seeing Double: Dual Royal Portrait.” The ad describes a royal portrait, but unlike any … Continue reading

March 10, 2021 · Leave a comment

RIP’S DREAM

RIP VAN WINKLE slept—and dreamt—from January 20, 2020, to January 20, 2021. When he awoke from this extended nap, he asked his daughter, “So, what’s new?”  “Dad,” she said, “you … Continue reading

March 6, 2021 · Leave a comment

A BEAUTIFUL LOVE LETTER TO THE SIMPLE, SOULFUL FOODS OF JAPAN

MY TITLE HERE is taken from comments offered by American chef, restauranteur, and activist Alice Waters in describing Sonoko Sakai’s book Japanese Home Cooking: Simple Meals, Authentic Flavors.  Sakai says, … Continue reading

March 1, 2021 · 1 Comment