Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Transport of Delight: Flanders and Swann

  Flanders: “Omnibus”, my friend Mr Swann informs me, comes from the Latin, “omnibus”, meaning to or for, by, with, or from everybody – which is a very good description! This song is about a bus, it’s wittily subtitled – … Continue reading

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The Geraniums: Genevieve Taggard:

Even if the geraniums are artificial Just the same, In the rear of the Italian café Under the nimbus of electric light They are red; no less red For how they were made. Above The mirror and the napkins In … Continue reading

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When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer: Walt Whitman

When I heard the learn’d astronomer; When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me; When I was shown the charts and the diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them; When I, sitting, heard the astronomer, where he … Continue reading

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Bamboo And A Bird: Linda Gregg

In the subway late at night. Waiting for the downtown train at Forty-Second Street. Walking back and forth on the platform. Too tired to give money. Staring at the magazine covers in the kiosk. Someone passes me from behind, wearing … Continue reading

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Traveling Through The Dark: William E Stafford

Traveling through the dark I found a deer dead on the edge of the Wilson River road. It is usually best to roll them into the canyon: that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead. By glow of … Continue reading

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Here’s To You, Mrs Robinson: Simon and Garfunkel

And here’s to you, Mrs. Robinson Jesus loves you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo) God bless you please, Mrs. Robinson Heaven holds a place for those who pray Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey) We’d like to know … Continue reading

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Conversation: Arthur Schopenhauer

The clever man when he converses, will think less of what he is saying than of the person with whom he is speaking; for then he is sure to say nothing which he will afterwards regret; he is sure not … Continue reading

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Zealous Reformers: Don Marquis

Like all other zealous reformers, we do what we do because we like doing it better than anything else. Don Marquis 1878-1937 The Almost Perfect State The illustration is copyright: iQoncept via Shutterstock

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Friendship: Saint Augustine (as approved by the Ladies’ Home Journal)

If two friends ask you to be judge in a dispute, don’t accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept, because you will gain one friend. Saint Augustine … Continue reading

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Familiarity: James Mahoney

Familiarity causes us to see things according to our prejudices, and the result is that we do not see things as they are. James Mahoney The Music of Life The illustration is copyright: Cartoonresource via Shutterstock Note on attribution: I … Continue reading

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