Tuesday, October 8, 2013

I loved you with all my soul before we ever met, and ever since, and 30 years ago we took each others' hands and dedicated our life journey together. Happy Anniversary to my incomparable husband, Jim Dalton.

Monday, October 7, 2013

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Even Richard Hofstadter Would Be Amazed by Tea Party Extremism

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"Back in the 1950s and 1960s, when new forms of right-wing extremism began to make an impact in American life, historian Richard Hofstadter published essays that drew attention to the “symbolic aspect of politics.” Hofstadter acted in the fashion of an amateur psychologist, attempting to make sense of “non-rational” factors. His judgments about the mentality of leaders and followers on the right, based on emerging social science research of the time, were highly speculative. Nevertheless, some of his observations still excite interest. Historians and pundits often refer to Hofstadter’s ideas about the “paranoid style.” Much-overlooked, however, is a sub-theme in Hofstadter’s writing. That discussion focused on the emergence of “fundamentalism” in American politics. Individuals who seek a broader understanding of the present political standoff in Washington may find Hofstadter’s judgments thought-provoking...."

- See more at: http://hnn.us/article/153514

Listening to the news lately, for some reason I feel a compulsion to re-read "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest."

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Working on two books and an article and media music projects and new websites....and deciding to read through all of our several thousand books once more each.

See you in 2020.

Friday, October 4, 2013

It saddens me to observe how tribal and exclusionary even well-educated people, who loudly proclaim they are inclusive, are. I used to try to change that, I used to have good faith they mean what they say. I find the older I get the quicker I just shrug and keep my own counsel and go my own way after giving it a chance. No use describing color to the willfully blind, or trying to sing harmony to the tone-deaf.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Awesome Beethoven piano concert by John O'Conor Monday night, made sweeter by being shared with my darling, Jim Dalton. At the Boston Conservatory ... our home and a shining example for the world that "Without music, life would be a mistake.”

(the renovated hall is WONDERFUL, can't wait to sing in it this spring during our own annual concert).

Uh oh. Jim Dalton came home and surprised me dancing to a Journey song. True love is when he smiled and kisses me anyway (grin). I am not known for my dancing.

Yesterday was enjoying various wonderful traditional mainstream classical selections followed by Emerson Lake & Palmer, Led Zepplin, Aerosmith...with dollops in between from Kronos Quartet and The Section Quartet ... I had a mosaic-y listening afternoon fer-shure.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Fall-of-the-leaf time. In love. Working in my office after a bit of gardening with the door open, breezes in the trees outside, Dvorak Serenade Op 22 counterpoint to the chirps and songs of birds, the sun spilling gold through greens-and-browns-and reds..