November 2004

We’re not yet half way through November, but winter can’t wait. The picture is from a traffic webcam about a mile from where I live in Brookline, MA. According to the NWS, Boston got 4 inches and Milton got 6.8 inches; we’re half-way between those points, so figure about 5+ inches. That’s what it felt…

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Terry wrote: “”On the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the year 1918 all fighting shall cease on the Western Front” And so came the Armistice. The peace of the world was to follow. It had been a war, to end all wars. But it wasn’t.” (From Better Than Salt Money.)

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File under “nobody would believe you if you made it up”: Oslo Girl: “I saw on TV2 news last night that there was a march in the center of Oslo yesterday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Jews, apparently, were forbidden to participate. Technically, they could join the demonstration as long as they refrained…

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Terry announced: “Book game (cause it isn’t really a meme): Nearest Book, Page 23, Fifth sentence, Posted, with explanation.” OK, here goes: When we talk of a green sensation, this talk is not equivalent simply to talk of “a state that is caused by grass, trees, and so on”. This is from the Chalmer’s Conscious…

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Through reading Roger Housden’s extraordinary “Ten Poems…” anthologies (starting with Ten Poems to Change Your Life) I have become aware of the poems of Mary Oliver. (OK, I’m slow… Google shows over 52,000 hits for her name. At least I got there eventually.) My first impression was of an impatient Walt Whitman: a combination of…

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