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All Bound For Morningtown!

In the children’s songs, Morningtown ride (1957 Malvina Reynolds), girls and boys under their blankets are “All bound for Morningtown/Many miles away.”  This refrain is repeated until near the end when we hear that “Somewhere there is Morningtown/Many miles away.” I sang this song many times (badly) to my boys.  The technique of indicating there’s […]

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What to Wear

  In 1967 Singer/Songwriter Scott MacKenzie (Philip Wallach Blondheim) gave some advice that may still hold.  “If you’re going to San Francisco/Be sure to wear/Some flowers in your hair.”  I did go, several times.  I dined at the Cliff House, Fisherman’s Wharf, and put a quarter in the human jukebox.  The human jukebox occupied a […]

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The Toronto Tragedy

Canada’s largest city has only two subway lines that bring people into downtown.  Few people get off and more people get on until the cars arrive downtown, jam packed.  Those are north-south lines.  There’s just one east-west line which brings people from both directions to transfer to the north-south lines and continue downtown.  Many a […]

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A Tale of Two Cities

Funny about writing styles.  They either inform, entertain, or put up a barrier.  Some styles make a connection between reader and writer.  Others are bloodless. Three new and important books about cities may illustrate this point.  Once in a Great City A Detroit Story is by journalist David Maraniss.  Beyond Rust Metropolitan Pittsburgh and the […]

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