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SHERLOCK HOLMES, ELIZA DOOLITTLE, LILIAN BAYLIS

THE WORD “OPERA” links the three personages of today’s title, thanks to the December 2021 issue of Opera News, monthly magazine of the Metropolitan Opera. In fact, each of the … Continue reading

November 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

ON MULTIPLE BASKETS

IT’S A TIME-HONORED (and economically verified) adage: “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.” Recent data on the microchip shortage as well as historical data on crude petroleum corroborate … Continue reading

November 20, 2021 · 1 Comment

VICTORIAN SLANG

MY INSPIRATION FOR THIS is “Victorian Slang That Will Make You Scratch Your Fly Rink,” at the Word Genius website, October 11, 2021. I followed up with appropriately traditional sources,The … Continue reading

November 19, 2021 · Leave a comment

TIGER, TYGER, AND TIGGER

ONE THING LEADS to another. For instance, the DownToEarth website had a fascinating item “Why Do Tigers Have Stripes?” This in turn reminded me of The Tyger’s “fearful symmetry” in … Continue reading

November 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

DON QUIXOTE’S QUEST

THE NEW YORKER’S November 15, 2021, cover is thought-provoking on several levels.  Painter and graphic novelist Eric Drooker titles it “The Impossible Dream,” in reference to the Man of La … Continue reading

November 17, 2021 · 1 Comment

CELEBRATING CURIOSITY

FUTURIST R. BUCKMINSTER FULLER expressed his innate curiosity when he said, “Dare to be naïve.” The Inspiring Quotes website amplifies on this with another quote from Fuller; this one in … Continue reading

November 16, 2021 · 3 Comments

LET’S SLEEP ON IT

THE OCTOBER 29, 2021, SCIENCE magazine is a special issue focusing on “Why We Sleep.” Not only “we,” but a surprising number of other living creatures, even to the most … Continue reading

November 15, 2021 · 2 Comments

VIKINGS, SOLAR STORMS, AND TREE RINGS

THESE TIDBITS ARE LESS about a scientific finding and more about fascinating methodology involved in the research.  “Viking Presence is 1000 Years Old” reads a headline in the News section … Continue reading

November 14, 2021 · Leave a comment

B.C. HUCKS’ MARVELOUS STARTER

THE IMAGE OF firing up a vintage aeroplane is embedded in my mind: An intrepid fellow manually turns the propeller through a couple of rotations. The pilot yells  “Contact!” The … Continue reading

November 13, 2021 · 1 Comment

THE HARLEY GUYS AND THE RAMJET   PART 2

YESTERDAY’S CELEBRATION OF the 1953 Studebaker Starliner evoked other memories of Tom’s Stude sedan and his mentorship with our control-line model airplane flying. Today, we pick up with Tom’s ramjet-powered … Continue reading

November 12, 2021 · Leave a comment