Notes on Valentine’s Day

by Kevin T McEneaney Emperor Claudius II ruled from 268 to 270 AD. During his reign he adopted the policy of forbidding Roman soldiers to marry, a rule that lasted…

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Neil Gaiman at Bard College

Photo from Wikipedia/commons by Tonia Shoumatoff The Fisher Performing Arts Center at Bard was filled with a panoply of young people, some with Tolkien elf ears, who came to hear…

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There are no perfect Fathers

by Jim Flaherty There are no perfect Fathers. Okay, okay, I apologize.  That broad generalization is a personal reflection. And this essay is focused on earthbound 20th century fathers, not Heavenly…

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Homer’s Odyssey, Book One

In 1991 I acquired the paperback edition of A Commentary on Homer’s Odyssey by Stephen Huebeck, Stephanie West, and J.B. Hainsworth, which had first appeared in hardback from Clarendon in…

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Where Poetry and Music Meet

Smithfield Church by Denise Jordan Finley After the 10 AM Sunday service on November 7 at the historic Smithfield Church in a rural valley of Amenia, NY, I was delighted…

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PARTY OF PICTURES

By Thomas McGonigle          “and the party will go on for a thousand years,”  he was saying Every year in March there is a St. Patrick’s Day Party on West…

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Sophia Zhou, Pianist: Interview

Sophia Zhou           As piano soloist in Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, Sophia Zhou recorded and premiered contemporary pieces by composers such as Andrew Norman, Benjamin Broening, and Thomas Ades. She…

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