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Lyrics Again

One of my playlists I call “aMix” is an eclectic selection of some 50 songs from various genres and periods. (There’s also a list called bMix.) This morning I heard Jacques Brel singing “Ne me quitte pas.” As the poignant … Continue reading

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Since My Baby Left Me

Since my baby left me, I’ve found a place to dwell, at the end of Lonely Street in Heartbreak Hotel. I get so lonely, baby. I get so lonely. I get so lonely I could die. Elvis sang those words … Continue reading

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Word Solace

… Jewish prayer is not primarily personal or spontaneous. It is communal reading. Public recitations of ancient words, scripts compiled centuries ago and nearly identical in every synagogue in the world. A lot of those words are about exactly this. … Continue reading

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Freedom from Meaninglessness

I’m not a supporter of Boris Johnson. I have no interest in him or his political ambitions. [But] I do defend people who make jokes about religion. I was part of a campaign to oppose a Parliamentary bill [the Racial … Continue reading

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Out-tut-tutting the Tut-tutters

Doesn’t one write for oneself primordially? That alone will keep me powering out the posts ‘til kingdom come. If any one of them catches another eye, its ice cream on the frosting. I often bend double laughing at my own … Continue reading

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Wordsong

Kakistocracy. Kleptocratic kakistocracy. Kleptocratic kakistocracy of pettifoggers. Kleptocratic kakistocracy of pettifoggIng snollygosters. (c) 2018 JMN.

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Subjoins Mons Veneris? Nope

This week, the European Space Agency released a picture taken by its Mars Express orbiter that showed what it described as “a curious cloud formation” stretching from east to west near Arsia Mons, the southernmost in a string of three … Continue reading

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