Archive for November 2018

Classical music and jazz: A reply to Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune

Classical music and jazz: A reply to Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune
I was, and am, delighted by Howard Reich’s column in the Nov. 25 Chicago Tribune on the joys of reviewing both jazz and classical concerts for the Tribune. (If you missed it, here’s a link.) As an amateur cello player and lover of good music, meaning I listened to Beethoven while starting to write this, I... Read more »

Rejoice in the Lord always -- advice from Saint Paul for Thanksgiving

Rejoice in the Lord always -- advice from Saint Paul for Thanksgiving
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let all men know your forbearance. The Lord is at hand. Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your... Read more »

Head over heels? I hope so! What's it mean, really?

Head over heels? I hope so! What's it mean, really?
I’ve found another expression that just doesn’t make sense: head over heels. What’s so special about that? My head is over my heels… well, most of the time. I consulted Robert Hendrickson’s “QPB Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins” (published by Facts on File, Inc., 1987)  to track down the answer. Hendrickson states that “head... Read more »
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Even Joel Quenneville didn't win 'three Stanley Cups' -- there's only one

Even Joel Quenneville didn't win 'three Stanley Cups' -- there's only one
Being careful with the English language isn’t something I can turn off, even when I am dealing with rotten news. When I started to read and hear stories about my favorite (ice) hockey team, the Chicago Blackhawks, firing coach Joel Quenneville, I was stunned. Three championships for “the Hawks” — in 2010, 2013, and 2015... Read more »

In praise of November... and not

In praise of November... and not
Great! It’s November! The month of staying cozy, staying home and reading… well, the cozy part’s new, and the staying home is a bit longer because of my lack of an elevator. But in general, November’s great for writers — as these in Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations reminded me. My favorite poet, Robert Burns (1759-1796), wasn’t necessarily... Read more »