SALUTE!

Over 200 years ago, a gentleman named Francis Scott Key wrote a poem “The Defence of Fort McHenry”.  We know it today as the Star Spangled Banner. In time a bit of a joke has arisen:  “What are the last two words of the National Anthem?”...

ONE ARM

The great composer Ravel (for reasons I have yet to determine) composed a concerto for just the left hand. It is extraordinary. And, just in case you don’t quite believe me, here is a You Tube video of the remarkable Yuja Wang.  (No, she doesn’t play for...

LOSS

Darkness at the break of noon Shadows even the silver spoon The handmade blade, the child’s balloon Eclipses both the sun and moon To understand you know too soon There is no sense in trying               – Bob Dylan On that cheerful note, there is also  a...