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Harper Lee 1926-2016 RIP

Some previous posts connected to Harper Lee: Ta-Nehisi Coates and Harper Lee Harper Lee is not immune Zack Graham’s To Kill a Mockingbird Problem…and Ours Scuppernongs  

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“A Mercy” by Sharon Olds

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Roberta Flack

Today is Roberta Flack’s birthday (1939). I remember listening to this album, Chapter Two, all through the second half of my sophomore year in college through graduation and beyond. Many years later, sometime in the late 1980s, I ran into … Continue reading

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Just before I roost

The European starling was first introduced to North America by the American Acclimatization Society, which wanted to introduce all the birds mentioned in Shakespeare to this continent. The starling is mentioned in Henry IV, Part I— Hotspur (Henry Percy) says, … Continue reading

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All she wants to do is hold your hand

When Merle died, a man who lived in the same assisted living facility as my mother Pearl, she told me his last words were, “Pearl. Pearl. Pearl.” I asked her how she knew that. Then she said, “I don’t know … Continue reading

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Introducing Fahrenheit 451 for the last time

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Ethical conundrum

When there is just 5 or 6 minutes at the end of a class and we have finished our work, we play a game called “Mrs. Robinson.” I’m not sure how the game got its moniker, but I learned it … Continue reading

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The Canterbury Tales begin

Today in 1387 is when scholars claim that Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales begin. The pilgrims start in Tabard Inn where the Host suggests that there be a competition in storytelling between the 31 pilgrims (counting the Host) to entertain themselves on their way to … Continue reading

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“The Snow Man” by Wallace Stevens

One must have a mind of winter To regard the frost and the boughs Of the pine-trees crusted with snow; And have been cold a long time To behold the junipers shagged with ice, The spruces rough in the distant … Continue reading

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“Hell’s vengeance boils in my heart” for Mozart’s 259th

In honor of Mozart’s 259th birthday, a little “Der Holle Rache,” the Queen of the Night’s second aria from The Magic Flute, an incredibly difficult aria to sing needing a range of two octaves. In this aria the Queen of the … Continue reading

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