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New biography of Mitt Romney claims to deliver ‘The Real Romney’… but will anyone really care?

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Last night, January 19, 2012, The Boston Globe, the biggest and most influential newspaper in New England, pulled out all the stops for two of their best and brightest reporters; Michael Kranish, deputy chief of the Washington bureau of The Boston Globe and Scott Helman, staff writer at The Boston Globe. …

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Heir Presumptive… Joseph P. Kennedy III, we have been impatiently awaiting you.

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. When the White Hope of a great dynasty reveals himself and his intentions, it is only fitting that this moment of significance be marked and marked well. Thus, gentles all, I give you Sir William Walton’s stirring prelude to the 1944 film of Shakespeare’s Henry V. It is …

Jobless rate drops to 8.5%… Obama winks at Michelle and does his happy dance… O! Mamma!

January 10, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant It is Saturday, January 7, 2012 as I write. The nation’s air waves and print publications are filled with stories about Republicans. About today’s flash-in-the-pan former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum… about the Boston Globe endorsing former Utah governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman over Boston’s not-so-favorite son former Massachusetts …

‘The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,’ but I’m just as spry as ever, and don’t you dare call me sir!

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. One minute I was walking home through Harvard Square, savoring the exceptionally good meal I had just finished. The next minute, there were three or four boys peering down at me saying, “Sir, sir, are you alright?” I recognized this voice, the special tone Harvard students reserve for …

‘Parting is such sweet sorrow.’ An appreciation for the life of George Whitman, his bookstore and the books he loved. Dead at 98, December 14, 2011.

January 6, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Dr. Jeffrey Lant’s Article Archive

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant Author’s program note. Start this article by going at once to any search engine where you will find the stirring, uplifting music, a royal theme, with just a touch of sadness, written by Sir William Walton in 1955 for Shakespeare’s Richard III, the film staring Sir Laurence Olivier. Listen to it …

Censorship comes to Harvard. Of Subramanian Swamy, free speech, and the need for constant vigilance.

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

by Dr. Jeffrey Lant “I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.” Voltaire Voltaire was that most inconvenient of people… a man who had something to say, something that often riled his neighbors and outraged the conventions. Worse, at whatever cost he would …

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 …

‘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 …

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 …


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