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Looking Back

Some of the health issues that I now have, originate in bad habits, or unhealthy patterns of many years ago. I look back and remember when I used to smoke, sunbathe, eat lots of sugar and drink. When I first began any of those things they seemed to be pluses or at least harmless. Having a nice summer tan, or better, a winter tan from vacation, made me look good. Sunlight is a good thing, right? Alcohol at parties and sport events made things more fun. Sugar always tasted good in whatever form, except fruit. It caught up with me. Even bad habits, stopped long ago, seem to be having their effect. I puff and pant when I run. My dermatologist is always having to do something with my sk

Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize

Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize We are quite used to the idea that the Nobel Peace Prize occasionally goes to politicians who, whatever their good intentions, have in fact failed to produce peace (e.g., Woodrow Wilson in 1919, Barack Obama in 2009, and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos this year). So my pre-programmed response to the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize is just a largely disinterested shrug. But awarding the Nobel Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan definitely got my attention! Writing in the New York Times a few days back (October 13), journalist Anna North made a surprisingly strong argument against Dylan's prize: Yes, Mr. Dylan is a brilliant lyricist. ... But Mr. Dylan’s writing