Category Archives: Music

This and That from Here and There

I’ve been listening to Fiasco: The AIDS Crisis, an excellent podcast that has to do with the history of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  AIDS first appeared in the 1980s, so it’s easy for us to forget in … Continue reading

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The Return of Pete Soderbergh

One of the unique aspects of LSU College of Education professor Pete Soderbergh was that he invariably stood at the door of his classroom ready to greet his students as they filed in.  In fact, he told his students that … Continue reading

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Readings I’ve Enjoyed

The Good Earth (1931) – Pearl S. Buck Buck, the daughter of missionaries, spent much of her life in China and many of her novels are about China and its people.  The Good Earth, her best known novel is about … Continue reading

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Quiz of the Month

It seems that I haven’t published a “Quiz of the Month” since August 2018.  Sorry about that.  But now it’s back! This quiz has to do with books and movies.  You may find that you’ve seen some of this information … Continue reading

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Talking About Books . . .

Both National Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman and her poem “The Hill We Climb” were big hits at President Biden’s inauguration.  You can read her poem here.  The Great Books Foundation has developed a set of discussion questions about the … Continue reading

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Lagniappe

In this edition of Lagniappe (a Cajun French word that means “something extra”), I’ve gathered together more items than I normally include in a single post.  It seems appropriate to do so in view of the pandemic that has most … Continue reading

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Frank Sinatra and From Here to Eternity

In the novel The Godfather by Mario Puzo, Johnny Fontane, a popular singer, has fallen on hard times.  He feels that the only way to revive his faltering career is to get a certain part in a war movie that’s … Continue reading

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Things to Do If You’re Stuck at Home

Many people are stuck at home during this pandemic.  It may be a new and unsettling situation since we all live at a frenzied pace most of the time.  So what can you do for yourself, and what can you … Continue reading

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Music Notes

Ken Burns has a new film on Public TV and it’s one you shouldn’t miss.  Country Music is an eight-part program that traces the history of country music from  its birth up to the present.  The first of the two … Continue reading

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Desert Island Reads

You’re visiting this website because you love books, and you’re probably hoping to come across some interesting books to add to your “to read” list (as if it isn’t long enough already).  But consider the many books you’ve already read … Continue reading

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