Category Archives: Musings

Last Words; Sabbath Thoughts (Oliver Sacks)


“And now, weak, short of breath, my once-firm muscles melted away by cancer, I find my thoughts, increasingly, not on the supernatural or spiritual, but on what is meant by living a good and worthwhile life — achieving a sense … Continue reading

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Social Change Diary: Novel Communications Strategies for a Better World


Social Change Diary: Novel Communications Strategies for a Better World On Tuesday, February 20, 2013 at 3:30 PM at the Ford Foundation, I attended a thought-provoking seminar led by MacArthur Foundation “genius” grantee, TED-Talk participant, and Harvard University Professor of … Continue reading

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At School Boys Longing Long Gone


At School Boys Longing Long Gone We always hoped the big round gray clock in the front corridor with its black hands would fall to the floor and smash into a million smithereens but no it never did it never … Continue reading

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An Archaeology of Ideas


An Archeology of Ideas Just before Christmas, some friends and I visited the Brooklyn Museum’s “Egyptian Fragments” exhibit.  The one teeny room of stone foots and hands, etc. was underwhelming, but the main Egyptian rooms were fascinating, as always, and … Continue reading

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Diplomats & Dragons


Diplomats & Dragons “A sincere diplomat, Stalin once said, “is like dry water or wooden iron.” (from a “Talk of the Town” piece by Lizzie Widdicombe in December 13, 2010 issue of The New Yorker.) While Stalin’s off-hand characterization of … Continue reading

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