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Archive for July, 2007

Male voices, when they work well together, are a marvel.

This is as true of England’s soccer stadiums as it is of a tightly knit gospel quartet. It’s hard to say whether the four men of Overtones have ever been near a soccer stadium, but the odds are long.

No matter. What they do, they do very, very well.
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There’s something just a bit rich about a middle-aged pencil-pusher like me choosing to open his junk mail and electric bill with a little sword.

But hey, we don’t get to do much hunting and gathering any more, so toss us a bone. A little bellicose letter-opening never turned anyone into a real-life axe-murderer.
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This 1994 matchup of Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock would not be the last pairing of this couple. This fortunate outcome for movie viewers makes it even more fascinating to watch the chemistry between the two back in 1994 when they did not trip off the tongue easily as a twinned male-female leads. (more…)

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Our HP 1012 printer occupies a shelf at the geographical center of our home, wirelessly networked to four computers spread across our three stories.

It never fails us.
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In the age of email and voice mail, a hand-written note is perhaps more powerful than ever.

Crane & Co. delivers a classy, silver-on-white, engraved medium for saying ‘thank you’ that is just the thing for somebody who has done more than opened a door for you twice but less than buying you a new car.
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This finely produced University of Texas hardback is not your typical off-the-rack ‘What’s that bird?’ book.

What bird book do you know that begins with such picturesque scene-setting: ‘It is 6:30 a.m. in late April: a strange assortment of liquid chirps, chortles, and muffled yodels threads the dimness about to be burnished. In a nearby yaupon, a cardinal hammers bellow chinks into the still-black earth. Overhead, Purple Martins lance dawn—expressing their invisible presence through these baubles of sound that hang, as do the minstrels, in the dew-rich air.’
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My work demands a lot of interpersonal contact, face-to-face, over-the-phone, and written. Recently I have moved the more intimate of these communications off the electronic impersonality of email and onto quality stationery. At the same time, I’ve bought two fountain pens, my first ever, combining this black Cross Century II with its silver-and-gold twin. One stays at the office and one by my writing desk here at home.

In the mix, I find that I’m discovering a new art form and means of personal expression. Always an illegible writer, the stationery and the fine pen slow me down just enough to realize that I actually *can* write. (more…)

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