Category Archives: History

Heaven

“Hereafter, Faraway,” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. The New Yorker, 6/10 & 17/2019. Author Nguyen quotes a conceit in a film, “After Life,” by Hirokazu Kore-eda that the newly dead must first spend some time in a halfway house run by … Continue reading

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An Old New Yorker Magazine

Recently, I came across an old New Yorker magazine in the attic from 5/12/2008. I don’t think of that as old, and it didn’t look old—it looked just like a current issue, but 11 years is a long time in … Continue reading

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Salieri And Mozart

“Salieri’s Revenge,” by Alex Ross. The New Yorker, 6/3/2019. Did you see the movie “Amadeus?” Of course you did. It was a very popular movie that won many awards, portraying the life of Mozart. In it, Antonio Salieri, played by … Continue reading

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Philadelphia’s Masonic Temple

I took a tour of Philadelphia’s Masonic Temple several years ago. You probably didn’t even know there was one in Philadelphia. It is a castle-like structure right next to City Hall, and its address is 1 North Broad Street. As … Continue reading

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Speculation In the News

Here is a comment with no facts to back it up: Most of the news is not news at all, but speculation. My theory is that there are not enough new facts every day to fill up the media. Where … Continue reading

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Tom Lehrer and the Seven Old Ladies

While I was still in high school, my sister, a few years older, was in college. While home on Christmas break, she was captivated with Tom Lehrer, a Harvard mathematics professor who was a singer and songwriter on the side. … Continue reading

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The Little Brown Church in the Vale

There’s a church in the valley by the wildwood No lovelier spot in the dale No place is so dear to my childhood As the little brown church in the vale (Oh, come, come, come, come) Come to the church … Continue reading

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