Tragedy Into Comedy

As a final assignment, I asked the students in my summer school class on ancient Greek drama to write about what they understand 'tragedy' and 'comedy' to mean; to describe a movie that they consider a tragedy and another that they consider a comedy; and to write about an experience that could be considered 'tragic' … Continue reading

Here There Be Dolphins

We had a little triumph yesterday at the beach and it wasn't of a swimming sort. Charlie did have a superb time in the ocean (a bit more on that to follow), Afterwards, Charlie, in accordance with the latest routine, asked to ride the ferris wheel. We stopped for some sandwiches—I'm a vegetarian but I … Continue reading

Beach Walkers

It's looking like 2010 is going to go down as the year in which the beach became not a vacation for us, but a habit. Indeed, a weekly habit: Saturday we went to the beach where we've vacationed almost every year since Jim and I met in 1994. We've been going to the beach almost … Continue reading

Beach Walkers

It's looking like 2010 is going to go down as the year in which the beach became not a vacation for us, but a habit. Indeed, a weekly habit: Saturday we went to the beach where we've vacationed almost every year since Jim and I met in 1994. We've been going to the beach almost … Continue reading

Canine Capers

"He really hates our dog." A neighbor said that to me yesterday afternoon. She was working in her garden; three big bags of soil were stacked by the bushes in front of her house. She has a dog—a dalmatian, I think—and Charlie always checks to see if the front door is open and if the … Continue reading

Another Curious Incident With Dogs

No, I could not resist that title—-read Mark Haddon's novel some five years ago, and still remember it down to its details. Dogs figure significantly for Christopher, the protagonist of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time: The "curious incident" of the title is adolescent Christopher's discovery of his neighbor's black dog Wellington stabbed … Continue reading

Outdoors Bound

It warmed up quite a bit on Saturday here in New Jersey. Not surprisingly, Jim got out the bikes and he and Charlie went on a long ride. What may surprise you (it certainly surprised Jim and me) was that, prior to the bike ride and after an early morning bagel run, Charlie got out … Continue reading

Encounter with a Big Red Dog

 Midway through an afternoon walk, Charlie and I sighted a big dog with long red-gold fur ahead of us. Charlie kept walking, hands over ears and head tilted down. But he was clearly watching the dog. Whenever the dog stopped or sat down, Charlie ran off sideways in the opposite direction, eyes still on it. … Continue reading

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