Monthly Archives: November 2018

Saturday at Salou

A delightful outing today to the seaside. My son-in-law is an excellent driver. His get-on-down-the-road style of motoring keeps getting my attention. For example, a complex stretch of street, a twisty interchange involving circles, invites attack rather than sedate traversal … Continue reading

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The Mas: Homework

(C) JMN.

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Real Monasterio de Santes Creus

Founded in 1168, it sustained monastic life until 1835. (c) 2018 JMN.

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Santes Creus: Nuria

Nuria is centered and thoughtful at 21. She studies psychology at university and has widely ranging interests. In the gloom of Santes Creus cathedral she and I contemplated skeptically the riotously decorated altarpiece. I asked her if she was familiar … Continue reading

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“A Painter in Sound”

http://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/19/books/review/claude-debussy-stephen-walsh-biography.html It is not easy to write meaningfully about music without resorting to technical terminology, and the list of those authors who can find accessible language to convey its subtleties to the nonspecialist is depressingly short. Walsh is a deep … Continue reading

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Stephen Pinker’s Optimism

nyti.ms/2zhFcMS Part of human nature allows us to control the other part of our human nature. Even though humans tend to be unreasonable, it can’t be the case that we’re incapable of reason — otherwise, you’d never be able to … Continue reading

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The Mas: Palm Trimming Day

“Hoy viene el chico de las palmeras.” A beetle called Rynchophorus Ferruguineus is attacking palm trees all around the Mediterranean. Over a million trees have been lost. There is treatment if it’s applied in time, but there are few specialists … Continue reading

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The Mas: Lluis

Lluis (18) radiates composure and confidence. He studies Information Technology at university. His program includes mathematics and physics. He likes math, says concepts don’t always come clear right away, but when he dwells sufficiently on them, they’re his. He doesn’t … Continue reading

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The Mas: Palm Trimming Day

“Hoy viene el chico de las palmeras.” A beetle called Rynchophorus Ferruguineus is attacking palm trees all around the Mediterranean. Over a million trees have been lost. There is treatment if it’s applied in time, but few specialists ply this … Continue reading

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The Mas: Reus 10:28

Yesteryear’s recreation. JMN.

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