Santayana’s Curse

In today’s polarized world, our real enemy is not each other but social media moguls, some in the news media, and some politicians, seeking to divide us for their own monetary greed and political aggrandizement.

The Living Lincoln:

And while I do not pooh-pooh such things, they do not prompt me to damn the memory of Lincoln, a la “cancel culture”; especially when I take into account his struggle against a form of racism that was a thousand times more oppressive and evil.

Comma to Think of It

when I get excited about a topic (the cousin to that sentence is: any topic I write about excites me), I can, sometimes, get very long-winded and use a lot of commas.

Unclaimed Freight

For example, if the package is unclaimed, who put my name on it? And, if my name is on it and this security (alias) guy has my email address, why does he need a copy of my driver’s license and Social Security number?

The Lesson

Now that I know more, I try to breathe deeper, to understand the lesson that being present is the gift and the gift is to absorb the present.

Agelast, the Last Age, and Will This Age Last?

Words are so interesting. The other day, I came across a definition of the word agelast. It would seem as if the definition would have something to do with aging, but it actually means someone who never laughs.

New Amity Diner Bows Out After 45 Years on UES

But for Steve, the owner of the New Amity Restaurant, it was the end. The end of a 45-year love affair with the people of the Upper East Side who would frequent what very well could have been the best diner on Madison Avenue.

“The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The gist of the ‘rime’ is the old man’s recollection of the guilty and fateful part he played in a doomed sea voyage.

How to Read a Novel by Caroline Gordon

The more ambitious student of How to Read a Novel could use it as a guide and primer to these many authors and their works, and attain thereby a truly profound understanding of literature.

The Holocaust: A History of the Jews of Europe During the Second World War

Again, this is a painful read; and also lengthy. But for anyone who wants to know the whole story of the Holocaust—insofar as that is obtainable to mere readers of history—Martin Gilbert’s work is invaluable.

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Santayana’s Curse

In today’s polarized world, our real enemy is not each other but social media moguls, some in the news media, and some politicians, seeking to divide us for their own monetary greed and political aggrandizement.