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About the Lily of the Incas… tenacious, beautiful, an artifact of a great nation gone… and of the condor flying high, seeing all, calling you.

March 31, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

              by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. This story started, for me at least, about 3 months ago when my helper Aime Joseph and I were at the Shaw’s Market in Porter Square, Cambridge. I almost always visit their floral department while I’m there, since flowers for me …

‘By a waterfall.’ H2Oh! The unwanted rise here… the unwanted fall there of the element we most take for granted and from whence we came.

March 30, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

              By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. The first thing scientists engaged in seeking life on other planets look for is whether there is water there. For without it they know there can be no life… and no species like ours. Water, you see, is the defining element, …

‘Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae. Amen.’ Is this the requiem for the great African elephant? A proposal to save them.

March 28, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive, Life

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. The terrible news is just in from Johannesburg, and it could hardly be worse. The fate of one of the world’s most majestic creatures is being determined now… now at this very minute… and the forces charged with the task of protecting the last of the once-great herd …

The most beautiful place in the world to die. Tyler Clementi… Dharun Ravi… the George Washington Bridge… and the necessity for remembrance.

March 26, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

              by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Tyler Clementi was a young violinist who with his obliging instrument produced sounds that touched the heart. Given world enough and time who knows where this undeniable talent, showcased in the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and Bergen Youth Orchestra, would have taken …

On the matter of great books you have not read or even heard about, and one such book in particular, “The Leopard” by Prince Giuseppe Di Lampedusa.

March 24, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I am, have been, and always will be a book man; a man, that is, whose life has been enriched in every way by books. These books have been my joy, my obsession, always the source of bliss. And no wonder.  For in my own special corner with …

Flowers assuage ‘all sorts of misfortune’. A masterpiece by Jean-Baptiste Monnoyer found, restored, enjoyed in The Lant Collection.

March 21, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. In the 17th century, in France, ambitious men strove to become the masters of their crafts. They didn’t look for short-cuts; abominated slothful, slipshod ways, and always, always aimed not merely to excel, but to astonish not only their colleagues and their patrons… but most of all themselves, …

Abraham Lincoln… captivated by words, created by words, empowered by words, glorified by words. Reflections on his Cooper Union Speech, February27, 1860.

March 17, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. 150 years ago, March 4, 1861 Abraham Lincoln (born 1809), became 16th president of the United States. And if you do not believe in destiny, fate, or kismet, even you will wonder at the undoubted fact that at the time of its maximum peril, the Great Republic should …

‘Look away Dixie Land!’ The day that determined the outcome of the U.S. Civil War. The Battle of Hampton Roads, March 9, 1862. And you are there….

March 16, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. The American Civil War began April 12, 1861 with the firing of the rebel forces on Fort Sumter in the harbor of Charleston, South Carolina. It officially ended on April 9, 1865 when General Robert E. Lee surrendered his army at Appomattox Court House. In between, 212,938 people …