Category Archive for 'Music'

The Critical Mass

The morning walk The birds are out early these days. At about 5:30 this morning, as the dog and I meander down the sidewalk. Two other neighbors and their dogs are out as well, enjoying the beautiful day. Our street has 16 houses on one side, 17 on the other. Neo-Dutch colonials, they’ve been here […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Jan. 13 A mild, 50-plus degrees day here in Rochester. In January, yet. Today’s coffee is from El Salvador. First music of the day: Undercurrent, by pianist Bill Evans and guitarist Jim Hall. 1, As a Nebraska congressman, Chuck Hagel accused many of […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Dec. 30: The coffee is free trade Guatemalan. First music of the day: The Last Giant: The John Coltrane Anthology. 1, Ready to take the Fiscal Cliff plunge? From the Times editorial page: “The big obstacle to comprehensive tax reform is the persistent […]

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The old election clichés are dead We live with clichés. Cliché’s are comfortable and easy. But that doesn’t mean we can’t walk away from them when they’ve outlived their usefulness. Remember “Think outside the box?” Haven’t heard that one in a while. The first time I heard “24/7,” it sounded like a cliché. And if […]

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The morning walk after Sandy I picked up a dead tree branch in the front yard this morning. It wasn’t a big one. Then the dog and I went for the morning walk. We saw a couple of more dead branches on the ground, all pretty small. The mailman stopped by – he’s a morning […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: Oct. 29 Unbelievable. I’ve run out of coffee. I’m drinking English breakfast tea. First music of the day: Maria Gillard’s Mending. And, hard as I might try, this edition of the Times has been a very, very off day. 1, Billy Graham has […]

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I read the Sunday New York Times so you don’t have to: Sept. 9 Today’s coffee comes from an unmarked bag that I found in the back of the freezer yesterday. First music of the day: jazz saxophonist Dexter Gordon. 1, In its lead story today, the Times writes “If there is a road to […]

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I read The Sunday New York Times, so you don’t have to: July 22 Today’s coffee is the last of an embarrassing generic horde culled from the back of the freezer. First music of the day is Johnny Cash: Live Around the World. 1, Dave Cullen, a reporter who covered the Columbine shootings, and author […]

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Lying in the Homeland Another terrorist attack on the Homeland has left 12 Americans dead, 58 injured. And it’s clear that Friday’s theater shooting was a terrorist attack. Terror was the gunman’s intent. It’s just that the terrorist doesn’t look like the ones that lunatic Congresswoman Michele Bachmann fears are infiltrating the U.S. government. The […]

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SXSW: Where’s my Springsteen and Veg-Head Nachos? At this stage in my life, I avoid standing in lines. If you’re not Bobby Flay, last week that meant hanging with 5,000 people at 9:30 in the morning outside of Stubbs’ BBQ in Austin, Texas. Somehow, one of the biggest events of the South by Southwest Music […]

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