Archive for September 2019

A former neighbor reflects on the death of Sahar, Lincoln Park Zoo's male lion

A former neighbor reflects on the death of Sahar, Lincoln Park Zoo's male lion
I was startled and sad to learn today of the death of Sahar, the nine-year-old male lion who lived at Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago. He died at the Rolling Hills Zoo west of Salina, Kansas, yesterday, where he was staying during the renovation of Lincoln Park’s lion house. I am not feeling sad because... Read more »

Prelude or overture? But then there's The Prologue!

Prelude or overture? But then there's The Prologue!
The annual question of what new season we have begun — Autumn or Fall — has caused me to think of other things that have double names. Preface or Introduction? Prelude or Overture? When I thought of the latter, I couldn’t help thinking of one of my favorite pieces of music, the baritone aria at... Read more »

'That's so not you' -- talking about rarities

'That's so not you' -- talking about rarities
The air conditioning is on — in fact, it feels like it’s on HIGH. I’m sitting beside a computer in a temporary office and I’ve tried out the local coffee-maker. People who know my tea-drinking preferences will find that startling. But wait, there’s more! I didn’t want the coffee a great deal for the taste... Read more »
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'You never knew' vs. 'Let me tell you the story'

'You never knew' vs. 'Let me tell you the story'
I was born late in November 1963. I grew up knowing that every birthday would have what I came to know as “anniversary stories.” My birthday, especially if it had a zero or a five in it, had to be marked by stories about the events in Dallas and Washington in a terrifying time. But... Read more »

'The Glencannon Omnibus' -- or 'My Fair Lady' Goes to Sea?

'The Glencannon Omnibus' -- or 'My Fair Lady' Goes to Sea?
I’ve had some laughs in recent weeks by reading one of my dad’s favorite books, “The Glencannon Omnibus” by Guy Gilpatric (New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1942). I always knew it was one of Dad’s favorites — partly because I heard him chuckling over it when he re-read it; partly because he pointed out... Read more »

Labor Day? For teachers' kids, 'just another New Year's Eve'

Labor Day? For teachers' kids, 'just another New Year's Eve'
Happy Labor Day! It’s a strange time for me — well, it’s a strange year, but Labor Day is a strange day any year. I know it was set up to honor workers and to celebrate the contributions of “organized” labor, i.e., unions. But growing up as I did, with my dad teaching every year... Read more »
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