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Conundrum PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Thursday, June 11 2009 15:37
If an attendee is someonewho attends, why is not someone who sins a sinnee?
 
Unmistaken Identity PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Monday, May 04 2009 16:35

On the elevator at Symphony Hall:

 Jack: "I thought that was you."

 Me: "I thought that was you."

Fellow passenger: "You were both right."

 
About Journalism PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Thursday, April 16 2009 16:16
"Journalism is valuable work, wonderful work, dedicated in a profound way to the public interest." - Anthony Lewis
 
Best Lines PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Wednesday, April 08 2009 16:36

At the Harvard Epworth Church, during a memorial service for member Geneva Malenfant, the former pastor, Ed Mark, got off the best lines. He recalled one Sunday when, as a candidate for pastor, he preached.

After the service that day, he stood at the door greeting departing parishioners. Geneva came by, shook his hand, and said to him: "That was the worst sermon I have ever heard."

Ed's second line also drew laughs: "That was the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

 
After the Reading PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Saturday, April 04 2009 07:52

At a gathering after an actors' reading of the Waste Land and other poems of T.S. Eliot, I chatted with Dame Eileen Atkins, a star of both stage and screen.

She spoke of staying in touch with Eliot's widow, now quite old.  When I told her of enjoying her 2002 Broadway performance in The Retreat from Moscow with John Lithgow and Ben Chaplin, she said that she had stayed in contact with John.

About the difference between appearing in a movie and acting on stage, she has definite views. She finds the latter much more satisfying. In a film, you don't have much of an idea how the whole thing will look when it is finished. And you don't always know when you are being taken by the camera. On stage, you have a clearer sense of where you stand in the action.

This charming 74-year-old actress proved as fetching a party conversationalist as she is a performer on stage.

 
From Great-Great-Grandfather PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Thursday, April 02 2009 09:08

"This country is all under shock, they population is all gone to America."  These words, taken from a letter dated January 23, 1853, were written by my great-great-grandfather from the town of Portumna in Ireland. 

They speak for themselves.

 
What It's Like PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Monday, March 30 2009 15:14
"I don't feel like an old man; I feel like a young man who has something the matter with him." - Bruce Bliven
 
Running for Office PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Saturday, March 14 2009 10:12

One of the privileges of being a candidate when I ran was being invited to the home of a local academic deity. As he smiled down at me from a great height, I was given a vicarious sense of what it means to be truly eminent.

That experience helped motivate me during the occasional dark days when my electoral prospects lost some of their glow.

 
Phil PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Thursday, March 12 2009 16:05

On Phileas J. Fogg, a cat long since departed from earth's shores:

He demonstrates a kind of self-possession difficult to ignore. Though he cannot say so in words, he signals an entitlement to be honored. It's as if he has established certain rights which cannot be violated with impunity. Sometimes he vindicates these rights by complaining to the management.

 
The People's Bank? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Saturday, March 07 2009 11:21

Amadeo Peter Giannini (1870-1949) declared, “If our institution has become great, it is by the consent of the people we serve.”

Giannini was speaking as founder of the Bank of America, now grown the nation's largest. Recently, it  received 45 billion dollars from the federal government and us all.  

My friend, Jack Trumpbour, at a demonstration on March 5, opposite the Copley Square branch of the Bank of America, changed Giannini's sentiment:

"Bank of America today has adopted a new motto:  ‘If our institution has become great (at seizing your estate), it is by no consent of the people we screw.'”


 

 
from Barack Obama's Inauguration Speech PDF Print E-mail
Written by Richard Griffin   
Thursday, March 05 2009 21:43
"As for our common defense, we reject as false the choice between our safety and our ideals."
 
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