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When a yak is not enough

I always had a romantic fondness for yaks, dating from my child’s anthology of literature which included the poem below by Hilaire Belloc, illustrated with a pen and ink drawing of a friendly yak carrying a little girl who looked

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When enemies sing together

Driving home last night, I heard a local historian on WDVX radio telling a story of the Civil War Battle of Stones River, near Murfeesboro, TN, not far from Knoxville where I live. This story for me seems metaphoric of

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Ancient Egyptians in Metuchen, NJ

The first house my parents bought was in Metuchen, NJ., and after a 50s style cocktail party w/ Old Fashioneds and Martinis, they determined that the house needed an ancient Egyptian mural featuring all of us. My father had built

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Philly weirdness, take 2

Apparently WordPress has a limit to picture inclusions. These are the ones that didn’t make it: a window on South Street and a religious statement in an antique store.

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Essential weirdness of Philly

I went to graduate schools in Philadelphia (U of Penn in English literature and Temple U for radio-TV-film) and since my sister lives there, I return often. It’s a wonderful city, beautiful, wildly diverse neighborhoods, plenty of that history and

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Helen Keller, farsighted activist

I stumbled on this letter from Helen Keller. Knocked my socks off. “So long as I confine my activities to social service and the blind, they compliment me extravagantly, calling me ‘arch priestess of the sightless,’ ‘wonder woman,’ and a

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Telling Stories of the Stone Age

It’s a rainy day and I’m thinking about my father. He was a gifted pharmaceutical research chemist with encyclopedic interests. I can see him now, so many evenings when I was growing up, sitting in an arm chair pouring over

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