Life Lessons From Fritz

If I never have a cent/I’ll be rich as Rockefeller/With gold dust at my feet/On the sunny side of the street.—Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh In late May 2021, I entered a large room to the sound of Glenn Miller’s “Moonlight Serenade” and other Big Band hits. As I took a seat, I looked around and saw… Read more »

Tools Of Education

For the tools of learning are the same, in any and every subject; and the person who knows how to use them will, at any age, get the mastery of a new subject in half the time and with a quarter of the effort expended by the person who has not the tools at his… Read more »

In The Company Of Saints, Part I

Sister Regis did not think she could get through the day without dying, so great was her joy. She repeated this so often that I began to be afraid it would happen.—Rose Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ The years of westward expansion fascinate me. I think of them as starting in 1803 when the young United States… Read more »

A Palette for my Pallet

“Mine is a long and sad tale!” said the Mouse, turning to Alice and sighing. “It is a long tail, certainly,” said Alice, looking down with wonder at the Mouse’s tail. “But why do you call it sad?” And she kept puzzling about it while the Mouse was speaking.—Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland Homophones are… Read more »

Free To Move About

The disease has survived in memory more than in any literature… The writers of the 1920s had little to say about it… Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald said next to nothing of it.—John M. Barry, The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History Early during the Covid 19 pandemic, I decided on my parameters for… Read more »

Denver’s Cliff May Enclave

The form called a ranch house has many roots. They go deep into the Western soil. Some feed directly on the Spanish period. Some draw upon the pioneer years. But the ranch-house growth has never been limited to its roots. It has never known a set style. It was shaped by needs for a special… Read more »

Joy of Blogging Part III

You’re always writing it to be something. Later, you decide whether it’ll ever see the light of day. But at the moment of its writing it’s always meant to be something. So, to me there’s no practicing; there’s only editing and publishing or not publishing.—Steve Martin Writing can be a solitary experience and certainly when… Read more »

Ancient Epics

Odysseus, the great teller of tales, launched out on his own story…. “Come let me tell you about the voyage fraught with hardship Zeus inflected on me homeward bound from Troy.”—The Odyssey, Book Nine When I wrote my November 2019 post, I looked at storytelling from various angles, most of which could have independently filled… Read more »