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Good Dinners and Happy Days: Darwin and What Remains of Music

There is a passage from one of Charles Darwin’s 1838 notebooks that begs for consideration. “Nothing”, Darwin writes, “shows how little happiness depends on the senses than the fact that no one, looking back to his life, would say how many good dinners…he had; he would say how many happy days he had spend in such a place.” 355 more words

Short story: Public Transportation by Lee Child, from USA Noir (2013) edited by Johnny Temple. Recommended.

Poem: The Gods of the Copybook Headings by Rudyard Kipling, listened to on the Classic Poetry Aloud podcast. 31 more words

The Ray Bradbury Challenge

Morning MusicĀ 

It’s beautiful today in Pittsburgh. Going for a hike in the cold air. Will have a post up later about news sources. In the meantime, welcome new readers. 415 more words

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Short story: The Black Sheep by Italo Calvino, from Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories. Highly Recommended.

Poem: Daynight with Mountains Tied Inside by Alice Fulton, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from December 2016. 30 more words

The Ray Bradbury Challenge

Short story: Solitude by Italo Calvino, from Numbers in the Dark and Other Stories. Recommended.

Poem: Sonnet 17 by Pablo Neruda, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast, from December 2016. 32 more words

The Ray Bradbury Challenge

Short story: The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemmingway, from The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories. Highly Recommended.

Poem: What You Pray Toward by Patricia Smith, listened to on the Poem of the Day podcast. 27 more words

The Ray Bradbury Challenge

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By having a widely armed citizenry, we create a situation in which gun violence becomes a common occurrence, not the rarity it ought to be and is everywhere else in the civilized world.

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