Category Archives: Speaking and Writing


In ordinary speech, when I say “iced tea” it comes out sounding virtually identical to “ice tea.” That’s because of the two consecutive dental consonants, the voiced D followed immediately by the unvoiced T. Mind you, I am thinking of … Continue reading

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Stephen Hawking–A Reminiscence

Stephen Hawking is dead at 76. I vividly remember his visit to the University of Chicago in 1986.  His lecture, given via a graduate student to a packed Mandel Hall, was titled “Why Time Moves Forward” or something like that. … Continue reading

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Quote of the Month

From the inimitable Dorothy Parker: “I think that Aldous Huxley utters the loud truth when he says, in Point Counter Point, that industry can never substitute for talent. There exists, especially in the American mind, a sort of proud confusion … Continue reading

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Program Tonight

This evening, I’m speaking and performing at the Scotchtown Presbyterian Church. The Greek Revival building, dating to the early 1800s,  stands on a commanding high point in Orange County. The view is magnificent. The organ was installed in 1890. I … Continue reading

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Last Night’s Concert

I can’t stay for a full program, thanks to a crazy bus schedule.  If I miss my bus, I will have to contemplate the Port Authority till the early light of dawn.  As much as I love New York, I … Continue reading

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Pre-Concert Talk Tonight

Tonight at about 7:30 (maybe 7:34) I will give a pre-concert talk for the NYUO1 orchestral concert.  The program itself starts at 8 PM.  Costumes warmly welcome.  Free! We’ll be in the Frederick Loewe Theatre, 35 W. 4th Street in … Continue reading

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Upcoming Programs

I have several things coming up. On October 26 and 27, I will be speaking for the NYU orchestras.  Again, the programs will be in the Frederick Loewe Theatre.  More info to come. On October 29, I will be participating … Continue reading

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Languages and Travel

This post was first published on the Facebook page of the Fairleigh Early Birds Toastmasters Club of Rutherford, NJ. I’m reprinting it here…because I like it! An old Berlitz phrase book taught me a lesson I’ll never forget. It said … Continue reading

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