“The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest,” T.S. Eliot said to “Time Magazine” in the early months of 1950. And why? Eliot answered: “Because you are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.” Dear reader, your humble columnist has now entered the hardest […]
There is a story about a mother bird preparing her youngsters to leave the nest and begin independent lives in a new territory. This brave new world lies on the other side of a great river, a river too wide for the nestlings to cross on their own. Mother bird takes the first chick on […]
In the exercise of writing a weekly column, I have rarely missed a deadline… But this week, for the first time in my writing career, I blundered.