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MAESTRO OF THE PIAZZA

THE PIAZZA VENEZIA is as central a location as you might imagine in Rome: The Colosseum is 0.3 miles to its southeast. The Pantheon is 0.5 mile to its northwest. … Continue reading

March 24, 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

A NEW-ISH WORLD

WE ARE THANKFULLY, tentatively, and carefully feeling our way through this world pandemic. Winston Churchill’s comment of August 1942 World War II is most appropriate: “This is not the end. … Continue reading

March 22, 2021 · Leave a comment

A NECKLACE WITH LEGS   PART 2

NO ONE IN Part 1 of our tale seemed to covet the fabulous necklace commissioned in 1772 by Louis XV for his mistress Madame du Barry. However, in Part 2 … Continue reading

March 21, 2021 · Leave a comment

A NECKLACE WITH LEGS   PART 1

“IF ‘SOMETHING HAS LEGS,’ ” says VOA Learning English, “it means people have interest in it.”  Here, in Parts 1 and 2 today and tomorrow, I offer an example of … Continue reading

March 20, 2021 · Leave a comment

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

INNES’S CALIFORNIA   PART 2 

INNES IRELAND WAS awed by California redwoods in yesterday’s Part 1 of “California Gold Rush Country,” R&T, February 1987. Today in Part 2, he encountered California lore specifically linked to … Continue reading

March 18, 2021 · Leave a comment

INNES’S CALIFORNIA   PART 1

INNES IRELAND, WINNER of the U.S. Grand Prix, Watkins Glen, 1961, and regular contributor to R&T, was a man of many talents and multiple sides. Wife Dottie and I knew … Continue reading

March 17, 2021 · Leave a comment

TRIPPIN’ THRU TIME IN LONDON

DAUGHTER SUZ SHARED “In London, Looking Backward to Move Forward,” by Henry Wismayer in The Washington Post, March 4, 2021. In particular, she recommended its link to Layers of London, … Continue reading

March 16, 2021 · 1 Comment

ETYMOLOGY—FILIBUSTER    PART 2

YESTERDAY, WE BEGAN a review of “filibuster,” its etymology, and its use as a delaying tactic in the U.S. Senate. Here in Part 2, we discuss its history, other filibuster … Continue reading

March 15, 2021 · Leave a comment