Friday Musings: All Things Scientific

Friday Musings: All Things Scientific

Many of you who read me regularly know that I was lucky enough to have had my parents until they were in their eighties and since they lived only three doors away from me, I saw them on almost a daily basis. It was so wonderful to have had their help as I was raising my kids, not just in practical ways like babysitting or an extra set of hands, but for their experience, guidance, and wisdom when it came to all matters of life. My father had such funny maxims that he would

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Music and Cocktails: Ancient Lullabies

Music and Cocktails: Ancient Lullabies

Most people who are fans of Eric Clapton’s music know that he wrote the 1992 song “Tears in Heaven” about the tragic death of his four-year-old son Conor. Clapton believed that artists of any kind have a responsibility to bare their souls and to deal with difficulty and sadness through their craft, thus making their pain and loss something to which audiences could relate and might subsequently embrace. It was a responsibility about which Clapton felt very strong, so when he

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Poetry in a Glass: A Carefully Loaded Ship

Poetry in a Glass: A Carefully Loaded Ship

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote The Little Prince, a sweetly sentimental novella deemed by The New Yorker Magazine to be “a seminal text for the sixties generation of dropouts and flower children.” That’s not exactly high praise for an author’s best known work, but I know that if I confess that I thoroughly enjoyed The Little Prince and that I cried at the end of it, I would not be alone in that admission. Although Saint-Exupéry was in Paris at the same time as Hemingway,

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Friday Musings: Make a List, Check It Twice

Friday Musings: Make a List, Check It Twice

Don’t let the name of this drink fool you. Unlike many retailers across the U.S, I am not moving directly from carving jack-o-lanterns into trimming the tree. Today’s inventory effort is centered around something entirely different. This week on the blog we’ve examined a creepy poem and interpreted an unsettling song, all in celebration of a holiday whose theme happens to include the spooky, the scary, and the downright frightful. It occurred to me that it might be interesting to

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Music and Cocktails: (Don’t Fear) the Reaper

Music and Cocktails: (Don’t Fear) the Reaper

I usually don’t name my cocktail after the song itself, but today is Halloween after all, and this is one of the greatest song titles ever, so I decided to make an exception. “(Don’t Fear) the Reaper” was released by Blue Oyster Cult in 1976 as part of their Agents of Fortune album. It charted as high as number 12 here in the U.S. and Rolling Stone Magazine actually went on to name it Song of the Year. Prior to that, Blue Oyster Cult was exactly what their name suggested: a cult rock

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