Monthly Archives: August 2015

Playing the orchestra game

I rarely watch football, and when I do, usually at a family gathering where I’m forced against my will to submit to the artificial world of high-stakes ball-chasing, it drives me crazy because they can’t play the game without stopping. … Continue reading

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Music without hats

Last week’s Alliance Symphony concert at Silver Park marked my return to orchestral playing after 24 years’ absence. It was a welcome return to music I enjoy playing. I played in the Tuscarawas Philharmonic from 1982 to 1991 and quit … Continue reading

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Decluttering speech and writing

A radio announcer, reporting the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, concluded with this statement: “Hurricane Danny currently does not pose any threat to land.” If I were proofreading this sentence I would change it to “Hurricane Danny poses no … Continue reading

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Dr. Brewer and the polymath-in-training

I found an old friend in the attic last week — “Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.” I discovered “Brewer’s” in the summer of 2002, when, as a neophyte journalist (an elaborate way to say I had no idea what … Continue reading

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