Monthly Archives: March 2009

Muesli, Morals & a Bright Backside

When Henry Vaughn in the seventeenth century writes “How fair a prospect is a bright backside”, he doesn’t mean what you think he might mean; he’s saying that it’s nice to have a garden behind your house. Language takes work … Continue reading

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An Ear For The Argot

My father used Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to teach me how to study Torah. I had to listen to the magical notes and figure out which season was speaking. My father taught me that music speaks volumes. He insisted that a … Continue reading

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From Venice to Xanadu

When Marco Polo returned to Venice after traveling for twenty-four years he had stories to tell and lessons to teach. While languishing in a Genoese jail, he told his tales to Rustichello, who recorded the Travels for posterity. The Travels … Continue reading

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Busy-Itis

I was so good! I prioritized the more than two hundred emails I received yesterday and carefully chose to which I would respond. Unfortunately, the people so honored that I responded to their emails, obviously felt so honored by my … Continue reading

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