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"Don Quixote" and the Dangers of Idleness

Don Quixote, the classic novel by Miguel de Cervantes, begins with a preface addressing the “idle reader.” I think it’s a subtle way of Cervantes tipping us off to the theme of his masterpiece. 485 more words


Don Quixote at Death Bed -a skit©

(A rather dark room with heavy draperies and our hero in bed with a rather ornate and heavy candelabrum on a side-board behind,  guttering candles and a melancholy air supplied by courtesy of  Sancho at bedside, waiting… 457 more words

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Photos from Havana from Channel the Bear

My friend, Channel the Bear, sent photos to me, Zeb the Duck.   Channel and her mom just returned from a couple weeks in Cuba.   Havana, Cuba has great statues.   262 more words

A Grim Isolation

Last week there was a call to abolish solitary confinement in US prisons, at least for under aged prisoners.  Solitary confinement is a very grim kind of isolation, soul destroying… 291 more words


22 aprile 1616 – 22 aprile 2016: 400 anni dalla morte di Miguel de Cervantes

Be’, come tutti i bravi studenti di letteratura sanno bene la ricorrenza era ieri – solo un giorno prima di quella shakesperiana – ma forse l’importante è non dimenticarsi della morte, 400 anni fa, di un altro mostro, gigante della letteratura mondiale: …
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El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha

Desde hace un par de años tenía en mi estantería de “libros a leer con prioridad” una edición de bolsillo con las dos partes de “El ingenioso hidalgo don Quijote de la Mancha” publicada por la Casa del Libro en 2004 con motivo del cuarto centenario de la publicación de la primera parte (1605). 963 more words


Tilting at Windmills

At this point they came in sight of thirty forty windmills that there are on plain, and as soon as Don Quixote saw them he said to his squire, “Fortune is arranging matters for us better than we could have shaped our desires ourselves, for look there, friend Sancho Panza, where thirty or more monstrous giants present themselves, all of whom I mean to engage in battle and slay, and with whose spoils we shall begin to make our fortunes; for this is righteous warfare, and it is God’s good service to sweep so evil a breed from off the face of the earth.” 436 more words