Martin Luther King Day


On this day, dedicated to the memory the Reverend Martin Luther King and his message, I would like to recall part of his statement on the occasion of receving the Nobel Prize: “I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the “isness” […]

Opera Audition


Just returned from a five hour ecstatic experience of opera auditions in which thirty young contestants treated the audience to a rich variety arias with exquisite skill in the Music Hall of Iowa State University. Some of them may end up at the Met some day. The singers were all between the ages of 22 […]

Iowa (Republican) Caucus: 2012


Since the whole country, if not the whole world, has been talking about the Iowa Caucus, and I happened to be in Ames, IA, my wife and I decided to visit one of the gatherings. We went to the Bethesda Lutheran Church on 1517 Northwestern Avenue. The parking lot was over flowing. Not being from […]

Adieu 2011!


Oh 2011, like every other year, you have been good for some and bad for others, terrific for some and horrible for others, enjoyable for some and painful for others. You will be remembered in history: For the unrest in the Middle East which has been successfully dethroning its decades-old dictatorships, with the task still […]