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Is a picture worth a thousand words?

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Who Gives a Bleep?

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Michael Penn commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"I started to watch the original 1959 Porgy and Bess and need to get back to it. I haven't seen it in years and Dorothy Dandridge and Pearl Bailey are favorites of mine. Dandridge was having an affair with Preminger at that time and he convinced…"
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Better to be Thought a Fool

I don’t know how many times I heard my father say, “It is better to be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” The first time I heard those words came while I was bragging about my Honor Roll performance in the sixth grade. I didn't know precisely what it meant, but I figured it out quickly that it…See More
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sk8eycat commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"I scrood up that photo.  Sorry.  Halloween 1957, Greenville SC...we scandalized the local paper. "
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sk8eycat commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"There were also a lot of chorus skaters from Atlanta/Decatur, GA.....   24 girls and 12 boys plus about 6 or 7 "extras" of each  ...  we had 7 or 8 production numbers in each show, but they  worked it out so that…"
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Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"I have to go with you, except nowadays they shoot back. Need a scorecard. As I read about and interesting part of your life, I recognized my own regional stupidity. For some reason, I never considered California as a hotspot ice skating. In all…"
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sk8eycat commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"I was born and grew up in SoCal.  Took ballet and tap from kindergarten till I burned out around age 11.  Fell in love with ice skating when "Frosty Frolics" appeared as a summer replacement on KTLA....and became obsessed. …"
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Patricia commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"The computer is my encyclopedia too."
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Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"Skate--Thanks for the memories. My Cousin said seeing it towed was just flat awe inspiring. I wish I could have seen it. Damn! That was a good memory!"
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Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"Patricia--Bravo. My books are some of my prize possessions. Glad to hear that others are not intimidated by what they dont know. If you can admit that, I think you're on the way to being a genius if there is such a thing as a studied genius."
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Donald R Barbera commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"Skate--I grew up with that shit and it made me determined to do something--anything--to let my small world know that I was here. You've had an interesting and varied life and I am curious. Were you a roadshow actor, performer or what?…"
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sk8eycat commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"If congress would give NASA the funds....if Tricky Dick hadn't slashed the Manned Space Program's budget WHILE he was talking to Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin while they were on the moon....we'd have something BETTER than the shuttle…"
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Patricia commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"Yes Donald, I was naturally damn nosey & that's what sent me to reading almost anything."
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sk8eycat commented on Donald R Barbera's blog post Gershwin Got It Right
"Donald, you just reminded me of something that happened a long time ago.  We had closed our shhow in Louisville, KY on Sunday evening, and had already taken ourselves to the Pullman cars that were waiting on a siding for the lights and props to…"
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"Skate--Amen! My wide thinks I'm' crazy when I say that I'd to be on the space shuttle if I could. Wild! Okay, it blows up! So? And? I'm dead. I'm going some time So, I ask her how could I not go?"
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Published author and photographer. Work from home and seek connection with nontheist in the Dallas area.

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Better to be Thought a Fool

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 11:00am 0 Comments

I don’t know how many times I heard my father say, “It is better to be thought a fool, than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.” The first time I heard those words came while I was bragging about my Honor Roll performance in the sixth grade. I didn't know precisely what it meant, but I figured it out quickly…

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Gershwin Got It Right

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 4:41pm 26 Comments

Ira and George Gershwin had it right in the stage play "Porgy and Bess," which is set in an imaginary town in South Carolina. In the play, Porgy sings "I Got Plenty of Nothing." The Gershwin's got it right with that tune as The…

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BULLETIN! BULLETIN! BULLETIN!

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 8:54am 4 Comments

MUSIC YOU MAY HAVE FORGOTTEN!

A friend asked me to find some music for him. He thought that me being a working musician for more than 30 years that I might have an inside handle on certain music. He was right, but my contacts are only good if they're still alive and still have ties to record labels. However, I have an enormous record collection and had the piece he was looking for at my finger tips.…

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Midnight, 24:00, 12 AM

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 12:00pm 14 Comments

What is the difference between an assassin, killer or murderer? Without resorting to purposeful nuance and practiced subtlety, the differences are negligible and more often than not rely on degree and perspective to sort out the…

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Equivocation, Lying & Apologists

Posted on January 4, 2015 at 11:00am 8 Comments

Before tripping lightly over the wagging tongues of Christian apologists and their fathomless chasms of excuses, defenses and, well, apologies, I wanted to define a few terms to set the scale.

First, the word equivocate. To…

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At 11:18am on January 21, 2014, Luara said…

Hi Don,

You said you would be interested in seeing what I come up with in reading about delayed food allergies.  I just posted a blog post on the likely mechanism of my kind of delayed food allergies.  With tons of references!

At 1:00pm on December 4, 2013, Luara said…

Don,

Maybe you would be interested in my review of the Manual for Creating Atheists.

At 1:25pm on December 1, 2013, Luara said…

You might be interested in my review of Carl Hart's book High Price.Laura

At 8:58am on November 28, 2013, Daniel W said…
Don have a happy Thanksgiving!
At 11:11pm on January 7, 2013, Daniel W said…

Here is my review of King Leopold's Ghost.  If you are interested.  I thought of your book reviews when I wrote this.

At 2:46pm on August 22, 2012, Harlem Humanists said…

Thanks for reaching out to us. It'd be great if you could visit us some time that you're in NYC. 

At 1:36pm on July 26, 2012, Tammy S said…

Thanks for the add Donald, I really enjoy your postings!

At 11:43am on July 26, 2012, Steph S. said…

Thanks for the email Donald -  I always enjoy your writing.

Hope you have a great day!

At 12:41pm on March 22, 2012, Daniel W said…

New group, in case you are interested.  I always read your thoughtful posts with great enthusiasm and interest:

Justice For All

Justice For All

Atheists have our own ideas about what is just and what is unjust.  This group will explore the elusive concept of justice.  Topics include racial injustice, death penalty, imprisonment, crime, and other aspects of justice in modern society and in history.  Without gods, what is the basis for justice?  What do humanists and others say about justice?  What do you think about current controversies and cases regarding justice or injustice?

At 4:03pm on February 22, 2012, Steph S. said…

Glad to hear you are doing better. My thoughts are with you.

 
 
 

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