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The tattered old year of 2011 limps off and the new year of our collective hope arrives. For this we need Vienna! We need Strauss II! We need to dance! And so we shall…

December 31, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. 2011. Not just a year or a moment in time. Rather, a collage of images that run the gamut from horrid to catastrophic. Except for lovers (who after all “Only have eyes for you, dear” and can always block out the world and its woes) this year will …

An earth-sized planet found… are we on the threshold of finding someone ‘out there’, and the momentous problems this will bring?

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note: Arguably the most important and influential science fiction novel ever written was “The War of the Worlds” by H. G. Wells in 1898. It made palpable, frightening, believable the horrifying possibility that we are not alone and that what creatures descend on us could mean catastrophe for each …

About Spc. David Hickman, the last of the U.S. troops killed in Iraq. He was just 23.

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. What you would have noticed first of all was that the pews were filled with young faces… the kinds of faces you don’t usually see amongst the congregation at funeral services in Greensboro, North Carolina. And you knew right away that this was a service for someone who …

‘Darling, I am growing old, silver threads among the gold.’ Telltale signs you’re an old coot.

December 26, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note! Do you know the great Irish tenor John McCormack? If not, your grandmother surely did. “I tell you Mary Louise, he has the voice of an angel, an angel…” One of the multitude of songs he popularized and made his own was the famous tune “Silver threads among …

O Little Town… Christmas comes to Cambridge, Massachusetts, December 25, 2011. 12:54 a.m. 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Winds W-NW 8 miles per hour.

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Before I left on my Christmas walk-about at not quite 1 a.m. Eastern today, I turned on every light in my brilliantly lit house. On the lights in the hallway thereby exposing in radiance the wistful picture of a young 18th century prince of the House of Brunswick-Luneberg. …

The most bully pulpit on earth — your blog, and how to use it to make a difference.

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Have you ever felt that the problems of our muddled planet are too much for you… that you’d like your brief span on our bit of terra firma to matter… but can’t imagine how to get started? In short, have you despaired… about your power, your abilities, your …

An appreciation for the life of Vaclav Havel, a man who changed the world with grit, endurance, and above all else with words. Dead at 75. December 18, 2011.

December 23, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program notes. One of the great things about people, all people, but especially important people, people who made a difference, changed the world and the world’s future is their oddities, their quirks, idiosyncrasies, their improbable habits, likes and aversions. They humanize the great ones of this planet and make them …

‘I sure do like those Christmas cookies, sugar. I sure do like those Christmas cookies, babe.’

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I’ve got this day all planned. First, I’ll finish this article and get it out to the awaiting world; then I’ll finish my Christmas shopping. I’ve been well organized about it. So far, so good; even the help at the other end of the telephone line, the people …

Ten thousand men of Harvard had victory today as the muddled levelers at the World’s Greatest University pack it in.

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. This is a story of my Cambridge, Massachusetts neighborhood and of the clever administrators who, when the forces of revolution, in the persons of Occupy Harvard, through a simple, if unparalleled expedient, showed the unwashed elite intent on mayhem, just why they weren’t going to get it. This …

On the getting and giving of Christmas presents.

December 19, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I started and just about finished my Christmas shopping last night, December 14. That is the anniversary of the death of Queen Victoria’s much loved husband Prince Albert… and is the only day of any year when the public can view his mausoleum at Frogmore, on the grounds …