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William Topaz McGonagall, (March 1825-29 September 1902), quite possibly the world’s worst poet, yet an admirable man well worth the knowing.

March 5, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I first became aware of William McGonagall in 1967 when I was a student at Scotland’s oldest and proudest university, St. Andrews. “You must read McGonagall” people said with a twinkle. “He’s undoubtedly Scotland’s worst poet… indeed, quite possibly the single worst poet who has ever lived.” Every …

Sweet dreams, baby. Don’t get mad. Get even. Something we’ve all wanted to do.

February 20, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. I’ve just turned 65 (February 16, 2012). And it is entirely natural to reflect at such a moment, the moment society starts telling you in ways subtle and minute, to “give it up”, “pack it in, “sit back and smell the roses” (never mind that they cost $5 …

My most memorable Christmas, delivered by hand, changing my life. Now my time

December 10, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. One of the most marvelous things about the Internet is that wherever you are the riches of the world are just a few keystrokes away, and this is never more true than at Christmas, when you can, wherever you are, remember, access what the most fertile, inventive, and …

Not the pope we wanted… Brussels’ Archbishop Andre Leonard clearly indicates why Benedict XVI is in trouble.

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant As protests go, it was short and undeniably sweet:a man ran up the central aisle of Brussels’ maincathedral and shoved a cherry pie in the faceof Archbishop Andre Leonard, a man  seeminglytailor-made by history and Catholicism to roil and divide.Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, Archbishop Leonard’sin-your-face pastry clearly indicated that he …

You only die once. Tips for commencing the journey of your life with clarity, style and consideration of others

November 16, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Family, Health, Life

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant When I was growing up in Illinois in the ‘fifties, there was a well-known phrase, that the only two certainties in life were death and taxes. Well, we hear plenty about taxes… but precious little about death, much less making a “good death.” With this article I aim to rectify the …

Queen Elizabeth cancels staff Christmas party. Royal scrooge reigns. What she should have done instead.

  by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Yikes! What can she be thinking of? It has been announced from Buckingham Palace(by the Lord Chamberlain Earl Peel) that Her Majestythe Queen (known to favored intimates as “BettyWindsor”) has cancelled this year’s staff Christmasparty. Thus are the 600 people who serve her inmyriad capacities deprived of the joy of …

So, it has come to this. A good bishop has sadly said "basta"!

November 15, 2010 | Author: | Posted in Current Events, Family, Religion, World Events

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant The news came the other day from Concord, New Hampshire where a good and decent man announced his early departure as Anglican bishop of this picturesque New England diocese. What he said in his usual low-key, quiet way was moving: he would step down as bishop in January, 2013 after nearly …


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