AND YOU WONDER WHY I’M A DREAMER

That view of Cape Cod bay was mine every August from 1970-1973. . .

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FAMOUS SPRING BREAK DESTINATIONS PART III: HIGHLAND LIGHTHOUSE, NORTH TRURO, MASSACHUSETTS

highland lighthouse

Late afternoon light.

Other magical coastal destinations:  Mystic Seaport; Eugene O’Neill “Monte Cristo Cottage” in New London, CT; The Breakers in Newport, RI; the Yale Art Gallery and the Yale Rep, where Dianne Weist is featured in Samuel Beckett’s “Happy Days.”

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FAMOUS SPRING BREAK DESTINATIONS PART II: COASTAL PATH, FIFE, SCOTLAND

Fife coast walk-4

Another great place to be in springtime!

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FAMOUS SPRING BREAK DESTINATIONS PART I: EARLY MORNING TRURO LIGHT

Bayshore Drive early morning-3

Just a few miles southeast from where the ancestors — John Alden, Priscilla Mullens, and possibly Samuel Fuller (the only Mayflower passenger known to have owned a slave, the Native American “Joel”) — touched down after an uneventful crossing from Leiden, Holland, via Plymouth, England, to escape the corruption of the church and of the world in general, all at the urging of their gentle pastor (ancestor John Robinson, who did not make the crossing, but remained in Holland to tend to the rest of the flock deemed to frail to cross), here is the most beautiful house in the world.  It is mostly in shadow because facing west, the morning sun on the ocean side of Cape Cod.  In Provincetown, no lines, everything mostly closed, whales frolicking off Herring Cove beach.  What a great time to visit the Cape.

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BONNE BOUCHE, BABY

Not in the book, but I love Wilde’s recollection of Nicholas Magallanes in Serenade:

When he entered in the final movement together with Waltz ballerina and Dark Angel, “it was like they were walking across the sky.”

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WAKE UP

William Rivers Pitt, writing superbly as usual for Truth Out, reminded us eighteen-months ago that President Obama’s former top counterterrorism adviser, Daniel Benjamin

“describes the ramped-up depiction of the alleged ISIS threat as a ‘farce’ peddled by ‘members of the cabinet and top military officers all over the place describing the threat in lurid terms that are not justified.'”

And, beloved members of the arts community, if you wonder how that relates to your nearly-total defunding by the U.S. government, I suggest you don’t have that much to wonder about.

“Get ready for more folded flags,” Pitts writes today, “and more economic collapse as our hard-earned tax dollars, and our children and theirs, are fed into the frictionless machine of eternal war.”

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LET’S NOT FORGET

What’s being done in our name, with our money, and at the cost of our international reputation and security:

Nicholas JS Davies at Common Dreams reports on our escalating air strikes in Syria and Iraq and the escalating civilian casualties.

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BEFORE YOU SING ANOTHER NOTE

Consult Dan H. Marek’s Singing: The First Art.

He’s examined all the old Bel Canto manuals and confound it–they still work!

And he’s done so much to synthesize his own method and render it coherent to the reader.

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THIS IS SO TRUE

Re: Hillary’s alleged redoubtable  wisdom and expertise, Jim Sleeper at Salon writes:

“It’ a recurring irony in American politics: From Herbert Hoover to Alan Greenspan, from Woodrow Wilson and his negotiators at Versailles in 1919 to the architects and apologists of our wars in Vietnam and Iraq, the supposedly most qualified and most ‘in the know’ didn’t know what they were talking about.”

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HAVE WE BECOME A CIVILIZED SOCIETY?

Well, it’s a small step in the right direction:

The Jefferson Market library is now open till 8:00 p.m. four nights a week!

And open as well on Sunday afternoons.

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