Debutante’s walking meditation

My mom, who grew up in the working class outskirts of Pittsburgh, wanted to rear me with ‘proper manners.’ Some kids called our small town Hicksville.  Our state, Pennsyltucky. Nevertheless, thanks to my mom, I learned: -how to curtsy (still waiting for the Queen to invite me to tea to make use of this), -how…

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The Philosophy of Furniture

According to Edgar Allen Poe, who wrote an odd little meditation on the display of wealth called “The Philosophy of Furniture” in 1840 for Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, the French are a “race of gadabouts,” the English “are supreme (in internal decoration but NOT in external architecture!),” the Chinese have a “warm but inappropriate fancy,” and…

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Wawrinka and Mimi

The player who just won the Australian Men’s Open Tennis Championship was an underdog who beat a star player. His name is Stanislaus Wawrinka and he has the following quote from the Irish playwright Samuel Beckett tattooed on his arm: Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail Better. Today in our…