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  • Thoughts from Dr. Joe: Reflections on a Christmas recital

    My mother taught piano lessons. In 1930 she had her own radio show in Monongah, W. Va. Under her tutelage, I mastered “Chop Sticks,” “Heart and Soul” and just about any doo-wop melody. Years later, I was the darling of every dive bar in the Pacific, wooing the bar girls and providing a respite for sailors and Marines while singing and playing “Angel Baby.”
  • Thoughts from Dr. Joe: The heroism of Hirschhorn

    When I was 16, I read Henry David Thoreau's “Walden.” I read about living deliberately and sucking the marrow out of life. Such musings led me to study philosophy. I learned that a deliberate life meant following a heroic life. In the “...

    Karl Marx, Harper Lee sold big in 2011

    Karl Marx, Harper Lee sold big in 2011
    Used book-selling website AbeBooks' biggest sale in 2011 was of Karl Marx's "Das Kapital," the three-volume first edition published by Otto Meissner in 1867. Ironically, someone paid $51,739 for the seminal critique of capitalism. The second-highest sale...

    Check It Out: Celebrating 200 years of Dickens

    Earlier this month, the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens was celebrated in an event held at his burial site in London's Westminster Abbey. In attendance were many writers, academics, and other enthusiasts of the man considered to be...

    Chasing Down The Muse: After one year, classes prove to be success

    All work is seed sown. It grows and spreads, and sows itself anew. — Thomas Carlyle * I consider myself fortunate that my work is a labor of love — love of learning both for myself and for others with whom I am fortunate enough to come into...