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My most memorable Mother’s Day… a tenacious memory that tugs at my heart and may touch yours.

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

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. My mother is dead now. But I want you to know that hardly a day goes by when I don’t think of her… not in some idealized fashion either. For she was a vibrant, beautiful creature whose reality, for me, even if flawed, was more compelling than any …

The cost of Liberty! An appreciation for the life of Romanian patriot Gabriel Tepelea, dead at 95. April 12, 2012. What Romania must always remember… and what we must never forget.

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

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. All of a sudden it is very cold. I sense there are intruders in the house, intruders running rapidly through the rooms, looking for something, for someone. I hear a piece of crockery fall to the floor and shatter. I hear a scream… it is my sister… in …

The angel in my house, the alluring Catherine Stephens, countess of Essex, painted by Sir Martin Archer Shee, PRA.

April 23, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Do you believe in fate? Do you believe that there are people on this planet we are meant to meet? That we will meet… no matter how unlikely that seems at this moment? When I contemplate the matter objectively as my training as a social scientist demands, I …

On the education of adults, being candid thoughts about the most mulish, obstinate, and uncooperative student on earth — you!

April 19, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note.  In “Vanity Fair”, the inimitable and always intelligent classic novel written by English author William Makepeace Thackery in 1847- 1848, there is a telling vignette, one of those gems that distinguishes the master of human insight and prose from any pedestrian practitioner of the writer’s craft. This one …

The fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman February 26, 2012 Black boy, white boy, hoodie, and the Gunshine State of Florida.

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

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. In the great classic film “Casablanca” (1942), Claude Rains plays a cynical French officer, Captain Renault, whose job, as he sees it, is to stay alive, live well and to get along, go along. Thus, he contributed one of the best lines in movie, maybe even human history …

‘Where be your gibes now? your gambols? your songs? your flashes of merriment.’ Thoughts on the Old Burial Ground, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

April 14, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I have long said that people are least informed about the things closest to them. Ask any individual about the things in their very neighborhood… and they’ll say something like this, sheepish, chagrined: “Well, the truth is, I’ve never seen it. And can you believe, I pass it …

The latest buzz on the honeybee and why we think the Harvard School of Public Health, their savior, is the bee’s knees

April 13, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. This is a story about good science and good luck. It’s a tale that shows how one single miscalculation can produce near cataclysmic results…  and why we must fund and support disinterested researchers and hark unto what they say. Mr. Kupper. Sixty years ago and more, my young …

The centennial of the great ship Titanic which sank 100 years ago… April 15, 1912… and why she sails still in our minds.

April 11, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Authors program note. You cannot pick up a newspaper this week, or turn on the television… or even snatch a glance at your SmartFone without seeing the single word “Titanic” for this is the centennial not merely of a ship, albeit the grandest on earth, but of an entire cottage industry …

On dandelions. Their splendor in the grass.

April 7, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Life

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I had been up all night working on an article on global warming. The subject, serious, is draining, demanding, necessarily thought provoking, disturbing. As the sun began to rise, showing its intentions by the first light of a brand-new day, I wrote the last word… and went immediately …