LOVE

To Live Or Die In Antwerp

The trouble with the euthanasia fanatics in Belgium is that they don’t have the courage of their convictions. Ostensibly, they want to check out from among the living but they want that only on the easiest of terms. In particular, they want their physicians to deliver the coup do gråce in a happy, comfortable setting. Eating a piece of good Belgian chocolate before dying is always a swell idea. Physicians in this country of...

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Raise High The Roof Beams

All of us know the stories of young children who by rights should have been among life’s failures but they refused to be such. Here is the latest one I know. Jacquise Purifoy was 13 years old when she got pregnant. As a poor black kid, there was no prenatal medicine for those in her social class in those days, but right up to the night before she gave birth, she attended basketball practice for the 8th grade team she captained. Her...

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A Letter To His Grandfather.

Jacques Barzun is dead. He died late last year at age 104 and his family’s loss is barely greater than our loss. Barzun is one of my heroes and has been that since about 1970 when I first heard of him. His was a gigantic intellect and no one can fail to appreciate his writings if one takes the trouble. His grandson Charles has found a perfect way to communicate with Barzun even now. The letter is both a touching tribute and a...

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Bible Verse Of The Day

“Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.” Peter 4:8 As a deeply spiritual man, I would like every reader to offer this prayer for me in this upcoming dangerous hour: I PRAY FERVENTLY THAT THERE IS NO GOD, no creep who works capriciously but maliciously, too, who has it in especially for Sid Gendin. **************************** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0zqbBtA_X0 Al Bowlly was balck...

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Bible Verse Of The Day

The gang over at BV of The Day sent me this: Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. Pretty good except for its being awful. In the first place, almost nobody knows what love is. In the second place, who cares? Who brainwashed us into thinking that this unknown thing is such a big deal? Off the top of my head, I can think of 744 things just as good but I’ll...

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The Wisdom Of Betsy Ross

While he was working as law clerk for Learned Hand, Ronald Dworkin met his future wife Betsy Ross, the daughter of a successful businessman from the New York garment district who lived on Fifth Avenue. On one of their first dates, Dworkin told her that he had to drop off a document at the judge’s house and asked her to come with him, saying it would take only a second. Learned Hand opened the door and pressed the young people to come in. He...

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