Monthly Archives: December 2013


A year after the Newtown school was devastated by a gunman, our state and federal governments have still failed to address gun violence.  New York passed a gun law targeting mentally ill patients.  In Congress, a gun control law was … Continue reading

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I have two muses.  When I was in grade school, I became interested in writing musicals.  I started to write scripts, and wanted to compose.   I asked my parents to buy a piano. My parents took some time to think … Continue reading

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So many people get depressed over Christmas.  They expect much, and are crushed easily by the real behavior of their relatives. I have been fortunate to be not too stressed by the holiday.  My father was in the hospital one … Continue reading

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Little more than a week ago Pope Francis published a lengthy “exhortation” called, in English translation, “Gospel of Joy”.  The Vatican was careful not to call this document an encyclical, but the work is fact an encyclical.  It is mainly … Continue reading

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The Sound of Music remains one of the most popular and performed of all musicals.  This 1959 Rodgers and Hammerstein show, telling the story of the former convent novice Maria and the singing children of Captain von Trapp, was extremely … Continue reading

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