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Cy Walter was the undisputed master of what used to be described as “cocktail piano” or “society piano.” Walter preferred to be called an interpreter of show tunes. Learn how a musician from Minnesota became the toast of Broadway and a legend in an age of elegant night life and the Great American Songbook when […]

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Donald J. Trump is “beholden” to no one. Never has been. At least, that’s his story, and he’s sticking to it. Further, it’s obvious that Trump is not a good old boy being guided by the arm of the Grand Old Party. He succeeds because he is going where no politician has gone before – […]

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When you learn that American military personnel come under fire overseas and pay the ultimate price, it’s bad enough, but you figure in a war zone, it goes with the job. When they become the target of gunfire at two military installations in Chattanooga you’re left asking that same question associated with all senseless shooting […]

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Strategic Failure is the latest book by well-known military historian Mark Moyar. The book’s subtitle clearly identifies the author’s premise and principal theme: “How President Obama’s Drone Warfare, Defense Cuts, and Military Amateurism Have Imperiled America.” Dr. Moyar is a scholar of US military history, especially regarding the Vietnam War. His impressive credentials include a […]

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Mr. Rabbit wanted to cross the river. So, Mr. Rabbit asked Mr. Frog if he would take him across. “I would be happy to,” said Mr. Frog, “but you are too heavy. I would sink and we both would drown.” So, Mr. Rabbit asked Mr. Fish to take him across. However, Mr. Fish said, “I […]

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“Social media is addictive precisely because it gives us something which the real world lacks; it gives us immediacy, direction, and a sense of clarity and value as an individual.” – David Amerland Social media venues have become the abhorred scapegoats by many for the seemingly perpetual neglect of the younger generation to be a […]

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Rhetoric, a term frequently used to describe political-speak is the art of using written and spoken communications that aims to improve the capability of writers or speakers to inform, persuade, or motivate particular audiences in specific situations. Rhetoric, a civic art, can be traced back to ancient Greece and to philosophers including Aristotle and Socrates. […]

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Living in Lobsterland

By Herbert Rogoff, in Arts

When I moved to Rockport, Massachusetts, in 1970, I was in my early forties and had never before eaten a lobster. Not once in all of my life had I tried it, even though the Chinese restaurant I frequented in my former home in Jackson Heights, New York, served Lobster Cantonese, which my wife consumed […]

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