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Commentary on Deuteronomy 15:4-11

Tweet The text of this section is below in italics. There shall be no needy among you, since the Lord your God will bless you in the land which the Lord your God is giving you as a hereditary portion. If only you heed the Lord your God and take care to keep all this…


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Commentary on Numbers 32:1-25

Tweet Only the Dead have seen the end of war – George Santayana Si vis pacem, para bellum - Vegetius Numbers contains some pretty unsavory stuff, which I’ll skip. I’ll concentrate on chapter 32. This is the section where the Reubenites and Gadites come to Moses and Eleazar the priest to tell them that the east…


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Metropolis Elektro at the LHUCA

Tweet Fritz Lang’s silent movie epic with an original soundtrack was performed live to two sold out audiences on March 22 and 23 at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. The music was written by Scott & Amy Faris. The film was the opening work of the 2013 Flatland Film Festival. Metropolis is a landmark in the…


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Placido Domingo’s Birthday

Tweet This is a repeat of last year’s observance of Placido Domingo’s birthday To mark the 72nd anniversary of Placido Domingo’s birth (January 21, 1941), here are eleven photographs of the great artist taken by Robert Cahen. There is little to say about Domingo’s career that isn’t self evident. He’s had more roles than Parker House. He’s…


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Giuseppe Di Stefano – Candid Photos

Tweet The photos of Pippo were provided to me by Robert Cahen. The one, just below, with the late tenor and his cigarette holder is priceless. Note the gloves.


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On Climate

Tweet July of this year was the hottest July in US history. This  heat, as usual, was attributed by some to man-made global warming. Interestingly, this July was substantially cooler than last July in Lubbock where I live. Go here for all the data. What does this prove? Nothing other than selectively choosing data can give you almost any…


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Site Back Up

Tweet The site was unavailable for about 42 hours. I’m working hard to prevent a recurrence of this glitch. This cause of the outage is still not known to me, but I will get to the bottom it. New material will shortly be posted.


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Verdi – Father and Son

Tweet Of Verdi’s mature masterpieces none is less performed than I vespri siciliani (originally Les vêpres siciliennes). Verdi, of course, is best known for his father-daughter interactions, but in this opera it’s a father and son who come into an intense and emotional conflict. Montforte the French governor of conquered (1282) Sicily has just discovered that…


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Verdi and Father’s Day

Tweet I know I’m a bit late, but I’ll post a few excerpts from Verdi’s operas that depict some of his portrayal of fathers. No other composer, in fact no other artist, offered so many compelling examples of paternal love as did the “Bear of Busseto” – his wife’s appellation. Beneath his ursine exterior there…


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Final Prostate Cancer Recommendations

Tweet Though I’ve outlined them earlier in their preliminary form, The final U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendation Statement on screening for prostate cancer has been published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. The one page statement is appended below. Prostate Cancer screening recommendations


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