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Ecco Il Mondo

Tweet ‘Ecco il mondo’ is sung by Mefistofele in Act 2 Scene 2 of Boito’s opera. Last March I presented 11 recordings of basses singing the same character’s first act aria – ‘Son lo spirito che nega’. Below are 11 versions of ‘Ecco il mondo’. The words in Italian and an English translation are presented…

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Mammography Screening in Switzerland

Tweet The May 22, 2014 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has a perspective piece that is even more instructive than its authors and the journal’s editors realized: ‘Abolishing Mammography Screening Programs? A View from the Swiss Medical Board’. It describes the process that the Swiss used to evaluate the scientific foundation for…

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Son Lo Spirito Che Nega

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Tweet This aria, from the 1st act of Boito’s Mefistofele, captures the essence of Goethe’s Mephisto. Of course, the opera is one of many musical works based on Goethe’s monumental play. Mefistofele is the spirit that denies. The words to ‘Son lo spirito che nega’ are below in Italian and English. Every great bass (or…

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A Serious Bird

Tweet BOISE, Idaho — Albertson’s LLC said Monday that it has agreed to acquire The United Family, a privately owned chain of 50 supermarkets based in Lubbock, Texas, operating under three banners. Supermarket News Sept 9, 2013 This is really very simple, but I’ll do my best to make it complex. Groucho is a Yellow-Naped…

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No Second Acts in American Confectionary?

Tweet OK so the world has been going steadily downhill for last 5774 years. The trouble began with food which will eventually be my focus. But first a few disjointed musings. Most of our problems result from misdirected attempts to make things better. There are few Iagos in the world. This (the desire to do…

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Photos – SD and Wyoming

Tweet I spent the last part of June meandering through the National Parks in South Dakota and Wyoming. Here are a few pictures taken during the tour. If you want to see more of them go here. Most of the photos were taken with a Panasonic Lumix FZ200 at ISO 200. The camera’s programmed mode…

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Earl’s Oil – Photographs

Tweet On Friday March 8 my friend Earl allowed me and another friend to accompany him as he made his daily rounds. Earl is an oilman. He started in the business when he was 17. He’s a lean and taciturn West Texan except when he sees an oil well – then he recites the well’s…

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What Makes a Great Tenor

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Tweet That’s the title of a 2010 BBC program narrated by Rolando Villazon. I don’t know how long it will stay on Youtube, but here it is. It’s almost an hour long and leaves out a lot of great tenors; but it’s worth watching.  

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Liudmyla Monastyrska

Tweet Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska made her Met debut last month in the title role of Verdi’s Aida. She is scheduled to repeat the role in Saturday’s telecast from the Met. Though only 37, she has been singing for 16 years mostly in her native Ukraine. Last minute appearances in Berlin and London brought her to…

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Hepatorenal Syndrome – Slide Presentation

Tweet Below is the PowerPoint presentation of a talk on the Hepatorenal Syndrome that I gave today to the Fall Medical/Surgical  Conference sponsored jointly by the Lubbock-Crosby-Garza Medical Society and the Covenant Health System.   Click to download the PowerPoint presentation Hepatorenal Syndrome

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L'Elisir d'Amore

L’Elisir d’Amore in HD

Tweet The first of this season’s Metropolitan Opera’s TV broadcasts was transmitted around the world today. Donizetti’s Elixir of Love is in my opinion one of the five best comic operas ever composed. The other four are two by Rossini and one each by Verdi and Puccini. Donizetti’s take on comedy tends towards the sentimental whereas Rossini…

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How Much Does the New Healthcare Tax Cost?

Tweet Now that we’ve been informed that the Affordable Care Act’s penalty for not purchasing health insurance is a tax rather than a real penalty, I thought it informative to see how much this tax might be and what the consequences of opting to pay it rather than purchasing medical insurance are. I’ll go through the weeds below; but briefly the take away…

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Doing Nothing

Doing Nothing – New Revised Edition

Tweet A new Edition of Doing Nothing has been released. I can be purchased at Amazon as either a paperback book or in a Kindle edition. Go here for more details. Below is a new review of the novel: Kurtzman, Neil DOING NOTHING CreateSpace (708 pp.) $23.35 Paperback $9.99 e-book January 6, 2012 ISBN: 978-1461096535 Kurtzman’s…

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Second Law of Thermodynamics Held Unconstitutional

Tweet A deeply divided Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, held the Second Law of Thermodynamics to be unconstitutional. In a decision released Monday the 4th of July, the first time the court has ever met on the nation’s birthday, the court ruled that the law violated the due process section of the 5th amendment. The case (ACLU v….

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The denial of St Peter

The 51st State

Tweet I don’t know how anyone could have missed this, but many seem to have not noticed. I’m referring to the newest state in the union – the state of Denial. Most of our population seems to have already moved there or are about to do so. It will soon have such a large population…

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New Data on the Treatment of Breast Cancer

Tweet Axillary node dissection has been the standard of care for patients with breast cancer who have early metastatic disease as indicated by a positive axillary lymph node biopsy. In other words, an axillary lymph node is biopsied; if it contains  cancer cells the axilla on the affected side is dissected and its lymph nodes are removed. A…

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Una Furtiva Lagrima – A Baker’s Dozen

Tweet Donizetti’s comic opera L’Elisir D’Amore is a great masterpiece, yet great as it is it has been overshadowed by it’s wildly popular tenor aria ‘Una furtiva lagrima’. There are more recordings of it than there is time to listen to them. I picked out 13 of them performed by tenors past and present which…

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Una partita a poker

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Tweet Talk to any theater person and he’ll tell you that the second act curtain should descend on the show’s strongest scene. Nobody was better at ending the second act than Giacomo Puccini. With the premiere of the Met’s revival La Fanciulla del West less than a month away, I thought I’d present a few versions of the opera’s second act finale. This the scene where…

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Disko Bay

Greenland to Toronto Aboard the Clelia II

Tweet [All photos in this and subsequent posts about this trip were taken by me unless otherwise indicated.] For some reason that has fled like vigor I decided to go to Greenland. I stumbled across a listing for the small ship, the Clelia II, that offered at trip from Toronto to Greenland and one in…

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Puccini

E Lucevan le Stelle

Tweet Everybody know this tune and every tenor sings it. Below is the Italian text followed by an English translation. Just in case anyone is new to opera, the aria occurs near the beginning of the third act of Puccini’s Tosca. E lucevan le stelle, ed olezzava la terra stridea l’uscio dell’orto ed un passo…

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Robert Cahen – A Life in Opera

The great opera photographer Robert Cahen will soon retire after 60 years of photographing virtually every major opera singer of that period. He has assembled a a slide show that presents some of the photos he has taken over his career. I have transferred the slide show to an MPEG-4 video. The link to it is…

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breakfast

Breakfast – Just Another Meal

Almost every dietary manipulation that the public has taught to hold onto like a sacrament is based on weak or even non-existent scientific evidence. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eat breakfast and you’ll have more energy and keep your weight down is the supposed reason. Where did these beliefs one come from? Well…

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Don Pasquale Santa Fe

Don Pasquale in Santa Fe

Donizetti’s comic masterpiece received its final performance of the season by the Santa Fe Opera on August 22, 2014. Laurent Pelly’s production is a collaboration with Barcelona’s Liceu and the San Francisco Opera. Pelly set the action in Post World War II Rome rather than the Rome of 100 years earlier. The time change was…

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Doing Nothing Doing Nothing: "Doing Nothing by Dr. Neil Kurtzman takes us through the education of Richard Grollman, from his first day of medical school through his last day as chief resident on the medical service of a busy city hospital. Through his experiences, the reader is taken through a wonderful journey as we see the highs and lows of his life during his “education.” One is taken through the trials of medical school and the challenges faced during residency. This story examines the human side and art of medicine. This is a wonderful book that would be appreciated by most people, but would be greatly enjoyed by physicians who can certainly relate to Richard. It is reasonably priced and very well written. It is very difficult to put down. I would recommend this book without hesitation." - JASON LIFSHUTZ, M.D. › More ...

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