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More madras, more profs

The jacket Buddy Rich admired wasn’t my first madras garment. Madras shorts and shirts came into my life in the early 1960s. In the spring of 1964, my last year in college at Columbia, I had a pair of Bermuda shorts that … Continue reading

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Après moi, le déluge

I worked for the New York Daily News from mid-1970 to early 1977. The first four years, I was a writer and editor on the Telegraph Desk, which gathered national and international news, mainly from wire services, which once upon … Continue reading

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She blows!

The carcass of a 32-foot male sperm whale that washed up on Cape Lookout NC in 2005, a relative of Moby-Dick. Note the teeth in the lower jaw; they’re for grabbing and ripping, the marine biologist docent at the North … Continue reading

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Tides, and other water

Trisha and I are on our annual two-week visit to Emerald Isle. For the past several years, I’ve been the beneficiary of an iPhone app called MyTideTimes that gives local tides at the four nearest locations to wherever you area. (According … Continue reading

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Na Mionna

The months of the year in Irish: Eanáir (an er) – January, is a borrowing from Latin, as are janvier (French), enero (Spanish), januar (German). Feabhra (fow ruh) – February, is analogous with fevrier, febrero, februar (I know German isn’t a romance language; it’s a language I know … Continue reading

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OP, FM, OCSO

During the retreat, I had several interesting conversations with Brian, who had introduced himself at our get-acquainted meeting as “a Dominican friar,” as Ralph had said he was “a Franciscan friar.” Since Guerric, a Trappist (or Cistercian) called himself a … Continue reading

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One last thing…

Staying just down the road from the Brú na Bóinne Visitors Center, I hung out there a lot. On Monday, 21 December, the center celebrated the December solstice, never mind that the actual solstice was on the 22nd, putting tablecloths … Continue reading

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