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‘I am so happy…’ Some thoughts on Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the next incarnation of Wills and his Kate.

April 30, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s Note. To get into the right and proper mood for this article, search any search engine for Sir William Walton’s resounding “Crown Imperial.” This was the music Their Royal Highnesses heard as they walked the Westminster Abbey red carpet to their future subjects, the cynosure of every eye. Walton was …

‘I Love Lucy.’ Who doesn’t? Then you love Madelyn Pugh Davis, writer, who cooked up the humor, dead at 90, April 20, 2011. An Appreciation.

April 29, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s note: To get in the mood for this article, search any search engine for the “I Love Lucy” theme song (written by Eliot Daniel). Make sure you get the version with the lyrics! How many laughs has “I Love Lucy” given you over the years? More than you can even …

An appreciation for the life of Violet Cowden, 94, died April 10, 2011. World War II aviation pioneer.

April 28, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant President Harry Truman once remarked that there is nothing new under the sun except the history you haven’t learned yet. How right he was, and nothing proves the point so well as this appreciation for the life of World War II aviation pioneer, Violet Crowden and all the other 1,078 Women …

Those magnificent men in their flying machines to fly no more…. as NASA’s shuttle program ends and an era with it.

April 27, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. To get into the right frame of mind for this article, search any search engine for the music and lyrics to “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” (released 1965, music by Ron Goodwin). Prepare to be aroused as one of the great stories of our lives soars… …

‘Happy and glorious…’ Kate marries her Wills and every grumbler on earth has a field day. April 29, 2011.

April 25, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant What can you say about the quintessential non-event that has over 2 billion viewers showing up to watch with unfeigned interest? Plenty, if you’re Boston Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham, “God save me from the Queen,” she wrote on April 24, as if her pen were filled with acid reflux. “And especially …

‘And yet I say unto you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.’ (Matthew 6:28) Easter Lilly, 2011

April 24, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant It is today Easter Sunday. Easter came late this year, April 24. And it came into a world that was dismayed by our elusive springtime; temperatures low, hints of snow and even some late flakes, and the bone chilling winds that convince you January has never left, though in fact it …

The right stuff. Half of the world’s endangered North Atlantic right whales gather off Provincetown, Massachusetts. April, 2011.

April 24, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

Something wonderful, unprecedented, and magnificent is happening as I write (April 23, 2011) off the holiday beaches of Provincetown and Truro, Massachusetts. It’s a convention… no, not a political convention (though this story has a political aspect). And it’s not strictly business either, though business will most surely be generated. No, it’s a story about …

Ex-New Mexico governor Gary Johnson declares for president. Who dat, as GOP field grows some more.

April 22, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant I’m going to tell you right up front: I like Gary Johnson. He’s an ultra-personable, plain-talking, gets-things-done kind of guy. But he’s got a fever — Potomac fever — that’s going to upend his life for the next year and more until the next Republican National Convention in 2012. You see, …

GOP desperate for a winning 2012 presidential candidate. But is it desperate enough for Donald Trump?

April 21, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Donald Trump. The name conveys many things — open mouth, insert silver foot. — knows everything about everything and never hesitates to tell you. — braggart — billionaire — bankruptcies galore — women — more women — much younger women. And now President of the United States? He’s signaling the nation …

Opening night of Mozart’s “The Abduction from the Seraglio” in the presence of His Imperial Majesty Joseph II. 16 July 1782. Burgtheater, Vienna.

April 20, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Important note: To get into the mood for this article and, more importantly, this event, use any search engine and find the overture to “The:Abduction from the Seraglio”. There are many fine recordings to choose from. Readers: you are about to be ushered into one of the signature cultural events of …