Monthly Archives: July 2015

Die Große Sünderin: Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk

Tweet Eduard Künneke (1885-1953) was a German composer of operas and operettas. His 1935 operetta Die große Sünderin (The Great Sinner) has a tenor aria that still finds its way into ther recitals and recordings of German tenors. Here are two recording of “Das Lied vom Leben des Schrenk”, the first by the late and greatly lamented…


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The Medical Record – Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose

Tweet The medical record has been a problem ever since Hippocrates, in a moment of spite, invented it. Until the advent of the electronic record it had existed on paper and was stored in a variety of inaccessible locations by the Department of Medical Records, or by a similarly named entity. Once entombed in the…


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The Brooklyn Dodgers – A Personal Reminiscence

Tweet Below is a PowerPoint Presentation from a talk I gave today to the Lubbock Roundtable. It deals with the random nature of baseball – much more so than any other sport. It than discusses the Brooklyn Dodgers of the years 1947-56, the Jackie Robinson Years. It presents the key Dodger players of the time…


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More Cahen Opera Photos

Tweet Last year I published Robert Cahen – A Life in Opera which contained a link to a video that displayed hundreds of pictures by the renowned opera photographer. I’m delighted to present another video of Mr Cahen’s photographs. Here is part 2 of Cahen’s collected photos. They are in MP4 format and can be viewed…


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The Rashomon Effect and Medical Costs

Tweet The Rashomon effect is contradictory interpretations of the same event by different people. The phrase derives from Akira Kurosowa’s great film Rashomon, where the accounts of the witnesses, suspects, and victims of a rape and murder are all different. This effect is so ubiquitous that objective truth seems impossible. I just came across an example…


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Harvey House – Slaton Texas

Tweet Fred Harvey (1835-1901) was a London born American entrepreneur who is best known for the Harvey Houses he established alongside of railroads in the American southwest. Beginning with the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, he established a chain of restaurants that continued for more than half a century after his death. The chain was…


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Monogamy

Tweet It’s time someone spoke up for monogamy – true monogamy, real monogamy. The basic, undeniable, unalienable, constitutional right to marry yourself. With the US swarming with libertarians and brave new worlders, I can’t understand why no one has spoken up for monogamy before. It seems to me that true monogamy, as I see it,…


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