Being New Again

Turn up the volume kids…

Okay, you can turn it down again.


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The Cowboy has been a fan of French pop since his time en la Suisse Romande. This is at the top of the charts chez nous and en France à çe moment.

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There is something revelatory about laughing at your own misfortunes, however large or small.  Celebrate life as it comes.  It’s all crazy.

Published in: on May 8, 2010 at 15:55  Leave a Comment  
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Mired In A Slough Of Despond

Ah, Neighbour Christian, where are you now?

Truly, said Christian, I do not know.¹

Markets up, markets down, dollar up, dollar down, jobs up, unemployment down, sovereign concerns, hot money flows, oil, copper and gold.  Where do we go from here?  Where is HELP!


1918: History, Medicine and Art

Below is an interesting film on the infamous 1918 flu pandemic.  Mrs. Gomez (Mama), of the first interview, is the matriarch of a clan with which the Cowboy has had a lifelong family friendship.  The Cowboy had the good fortune to be able to say hello to la Señora, as he always addresses her,  just before Christmas.  She is 100.  Like her daughters and grand-daughters, she is a strong, dynamic woman filled with energy and charm.

Her son-in-law, an opthalmic surgeon, was a huge positive influence on a young Cowboy, who spent many hours with him in operating rooms, both as a patient with a complex trauma-induced condition, and as a student standing beside him.  The Cowboy regularly followed him on Saturday mornings, beginning at 7 am, donning scrubs, and observing microsurgery performed by this artist of the medical arts – a good man, a dedicated teacher, and a strong father figure to his kids as well as the Cowboy.


Published in: on February 1, 2010 at 21:25  Leave a Comment  
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Hippity Hop, Dough Boys

The Cowboy has become a regular listener of EconTalk, Russ Roberts’ podcast from George Mason University.  There has been a link to the site on this blog for some time, in the Money Talks section.  The Cowboy highly recommends it.

Roberts and John Papola have a new project:    The video project is in the same vein as Roberts’ most recent book, The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity.

To make things easy, here’s the background (just some quick and light reading):

And since all things are circular, note that Keynes’ wife, Lydia Lopokova (née Lopukhov), was a dancer with Diaghilev’s Ballets RussesShe and Keynes met during a 1921 London production of Sleeping Beauty, wherein Lopokova danced the role of Aurora and the Lilac Fairy (presumably on different nights).  He was smitten and returned night after night.

Having stared dreamily at his share of Auroras, the Cowboy can sympathize with the poor man’s plight.   Ah, the Grand Pas…


Legos And Logos*


Published in: on November 19, 2009 at 12:58  Leave a Comment  
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Rach On!

With the Monster…

Sergei Rachmaninov, Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, Opus 30.  Vladimir Horowitz, Piano; Zubin Mehta, Conductor.
New York Philharmonic; September 24, 1978; Avery Fisher Hall.

As any regular reader might have observed, the Cowboy is a bit of a sentimental sap.  So it should come as no surprise that one of his longtime favorites is the Monster.  Yes, it’s all show and flash and raw sentimentality, but what’s wrong with that?


Published in: on November 5, 2009 at 21:30  Leave a Comment  
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Je Suis Le Commun Des Mortels

Et bien…


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Fathers And Sons


The Cowboy found himself thinking about Eva Evdokimova the other day.  She died earlier this year at the relatively tender age of 60.  She is undoubtedly still dancing in the heavens.


Published in: on October 29, 2009 at 17:06  Leave a Comment  
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Autumn Rain

Walden Pond

Johannes Brahms (1833-1897); Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1 in E Minor, Opus 38: Allegro non troppo.
Gregor Piatigorsky, Cello; Arthur Rubinstein, Piano.  1936


Thou comest, Autumn, heralded by the rain,
With banners, by great gales incessant fanned,
Brighter than brightest silks of Samarcand,
And stately oxen harnessed to thy wain!
Thou standest, like imperial Charlemagne,
Upon thy bridge of gold; thy royal hand
Outstretched with benedictions o’er the land,
Blessing the farms through all thy vast domain!
Thy shield is the red harvest moon, suspended
So long beneath the heaven’s o’er-hanging eaves;
Thy steps are by the farmer’s prayers attended;
Like flames upon an altar shine the sheaves;
And, following thee, in thy ovation splendid,
Thine almoner, the wind, scatters the golden leaves!

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1845

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