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“Last Dance”. An appreciation for Donna Summer, the lady who kept the world dancing. Dead at 63. May 17, 2012.

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

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. You don’t just think about Donna Summer… you’ve got to experience her… because when you experience the lady you are liberating yourself… from all your burdens, problems, obstacles and everything else that’s bothering you. You are on a dance floor. You are young. You are beautiful. You’ve got …

Thoughts on the “war to end all wars”, mustard gas, Uncle Will, and remembrance.

May 25, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. This Memorial Day for the first time since the clock struck eleven on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the day of Armistice, there are no known World War I veterans extant. The last U.S. veteran, Frank Buckles, died in 2011 after celebrating his 110th …

On the richness, majesty, exuberance and lush beauty of Peony.

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

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant. Author’s program note. In the bright glare of this overheated spring day, they looked faded, needing succor, getting none. Their color, the deepest imaginable red, looked tawdry and inappropriate for such a milieu… the hodge-podge in front of the local convenience store. I was enraged at such lese majeste’, an outrage …

Harry Elkins Widener. A story of tragedy, loss, fortitude, courage, of a great ship, early death and a monument of eternal worth now challenged.

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

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I entered Harvard University in September, 1969. From that day forward until I graduated, there was hardly a day when I failed to visit Widener Library.  It was the most magnificent presence of all the magnificent presences in Harvard Yard, one which in its grandeur captured every eye. …

On the divinity that doth hedge a king — and all his possessions. A trip to Dorotheum and the Kaiserhaus sale, a place and an event you never knew existed… and will hereafter never miss.

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

By Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I am calm again… but I know, none better, that I shall again be overcome by a kind of fever, a fever that causes me to lose interest in the usual activities of life and focus instead on the lives of certain folks, usually long dead, who yet …

Harvard and MIT to offer free online classes. What it means for you, what it means for the world, what it means for education.

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

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) was the first of the mega rich American tycoons. He made his money in transportation… first with boats ferrying freight and passengers between Staten Island and Manhattan, then by combining America’s 13 railroad systems into the massive New York Central railroad, with which he …

Harvard and MIT to offer free online classes. What it means for you, what it means for the world, what it means for education.

May 10, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Education

Author’s program note. Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877) was the first of the mega rich American tycoons. He made his money in transportation… first with boats ferrying freight and passengers between Staten Island and Manhattan, then by combining America’s 13 railroad systems into the massive New York Central railroad, with which he controlled America’s crucial and …

Oh me, oh my! My writer’s well has sure run dry. Now what? Suggestions for outsmarting writer’s block.

May 7, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Sooner or later EVERY writer will face the ordeal of the blank page and come up with — nothing! At such a moment, you may well fall victim to malaise, running the spectrum from anxious to suicidal. The longer the seizure lasts, the worst these reactions will be, …

‘There’s pansies, that’s for thoughts.’ The gentility, sweetness and enduring resentment and anger of the most popular flower of all.

May 3, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by  Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. This is the story of a popular flower, perhaps the most popular flower for Sunday gardeners whose name became a pernicious and hurtful epithet hurled by men at other men whose sexual orientation they did not approve and worked to excoriate. Know then, right from the start, that …