Monthly Archives: January 2019

Tuesdays With Morrie (And Everyday With My Wife)

Tuesdays With Morrie was a popular book about 10 years ago and was made into a movie. Mich Albom, the author, tells of seeing his old professor at Brandies, Morrie, on TV, interviewed by Ted Koppel. Morrie is dying of … Continue reading

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Reading Or Listening? (Podcasts)

“Binge Listening,” by Rebecca Mead. The New Yorker, 11/19/2018. Okay, so I write this blog, but that just shows how far behind the times I am. If I was more up-to-date, I would record and post a podcast that everyone … Continue reading

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Continuing Phone Scams

Most of the phone calls I get now are scams of varying degree, yet the calls could be important, so I still answer them. Besides, hanging up on a scam takes little time, and they are easy to recognize. Lately, … Continue reading

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Tadaima!

The Japanese language has several words and phrases that would be useful in any language. One of them is Tadaima, said as you return to your home. Literally, it means, “just now,” but it has become the general announcement of … Continue reading

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Signaling Power

“Doesn’t Add Up,” by John Lanchester. The New Yorker, 7/23/2018. (Book review of “The Elephant In the Brain” by Hanson and Simler.) Several years ago, I was discussing with a friend, a retired psychology professor, the recently discovered peccadilloes of … Continue reading

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Edward Gorey

“Funny Peculiar,” by Joan Acocella. The New Yorker, 12/10/2018. This is about the cartoonist, Edward “Ted” Gorey. You will probably recognize his unique and spooky style from his illustrations introducing PBS’s Masterpiece Mystery. Gorey died in 2000 at age 75. … Continue reading

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A Jimmy Durante Song

“Around the Bend In Eighty Days,” by S. J. Perelman. The New Yorker, 1/8/1972. Perelman claims Jimmy Durante was singing this in the old Parody Club in 1928 (Durante started out as a ragtime pianist and added funny comments to … Continue reading

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