Category Archives: Musings

Summer Reading for the Young at Heart

Summer reading programs at all my local libraries are in full swing this first week of June.  Nearly all the libraries have great programs, activities and prizes for both kids and adults and this year’s theme is “Build a Better … Continue reading

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Beginning My Deep Dive Into Tolkien

A dear friend of mine sent me off on a wonderful Tolkien tangent last week when she replied to my Podcast Pickup post and directed me to the Prancing Pony Podcast.  I quickly scanned the last half dozen posted episodes … Continue reading

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Podcast Pickup

The stars have aligned recently in my personal universe allowing me to enjoy audio podcasts once again.  Years ago, I used to listen to them via my laptop, a web site or perhaps my Palm Pilot (yeah, remember those)?  I … Continue reading

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Zen for the Ages

My uncle recently read and reviewed the late Robert Pirsig’s seminal Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.  I’ve added this book to my ever growing list of philosophy-related to-be-read pile.  For more of Ron’s insightful review, please proceed to … Continue reading

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KC Area ‘Beltway’ Enters 3rd Decade or “A Tale of Two States”

“Kansas followed the Texas plan, buying a wide enough swath of land for the high-speed interstate artery plus room for parallel service roads,” says Kerr. “Missouri just bought enough land for the interstate route and diamond intersections, and didn’t connect … Continue reading

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Puccini’s Madama Butterfly at the Sarasota Opera

Originally posted on As a Matter of Fancy:
Giacomo Puccini‘s Madama Butterfly at the Sarasota Opera This being our second opera experience (the first being Verdi’s Aida at Sarasota in 2016), we now have a point of comparison. Butterfly was…

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Dropping the Bomb

My Brain Upgrade Project continues apace with readings on social and political philosophy.  I wrapped up the chapter with a section on the Limits of the State, which included the following Philosophy and Life insert on p. 595 of my … Continue reading

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