Category Archives: Commentary

Opinion or analysis concerning whatever’s on my mind.

Draw It, Remember It

In other words, drawing out the things we want to remember can be a powerful technique to combat our natural declines in memory, better even than repeatedly writing them down or listing characteristics and descriptors. (Tim Herrera, “A Simple Way … Continue reading

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Expressions

My Spanish grandson, a computer science student, reads novels in English by authors such as Ken Follett to sharpen his skills in that language. He wrestles with colloquialisms and slang expressions that he encounters. The one he mentioned specifically was … Continue reading

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Thank you for asking

“How many Likes?” It behooves me not to get fouled up in the stats. This blog is a self-pleasuring diary with benefits. I intend to let it spurt beyond my passing for a beat, then go poof with me into … Continue reading

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Language and Music

mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wvxu/files/styles/small/public/201810/otis_rush.cobra_cover.jpg THE SONG BEGINS with a great resonating shout of joy and pain that resolves into the word “Well,” swooping down from a soaring A flat to E flat. “I can’t quit you, baby,” the singer continues, the band entering … Continue reading

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The Anal Linguist Rides Again

Despite being sequenced, there are still many questions that remain unanswered about the 1918 strain, such as where it originated *from*. (Nicole Karlis, “The same flu virus that caused the 1918 pandemic is back this year,” Salon, 1-3-19) That “from” … Continue reading

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A Good Guitar

I bought this guitar new at a music store in Reus (Catalonia – Spain) for 260 euros. The brand is “Alhambra,” not one I was familiar with. Made in Spain. I must give it its due here and say that … Continue reading

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Losing It

“I completely understand — it’s the two greatest players of all time,” Mouratoglou said of the attention. “But I’m really focused on the singles, because my goal is that she [Williams] wins the Australian Open.” (Ben Rothenberg, “Serena Williams and … Continue reading

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