Andrea Bocelli on NPR Singing Ave Maria

Sometimes with my work I am able to listen to a radio broadcast or a book while I’m working. Today I was listening to NPR (my go to choice). The had an interview with Andrea Bocelli from Italy because he is going to be sharing what he describes as a (musical) prayer on Easter Sunday on Youtube.

But he also sang Ave Maria during this interview. It is one of my favorites songs, so I stopped what I was doing and just listened.

This is a link to the interview. Listen all the way through – the Ave Maria piece is at the end of the interview.

Thank you Andrea and NPR.

Free Speech Tested by Simon and Schuster

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Did anyone hear this piece on NPR recently about a book by social media provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos?:     

It’s an interesting topic of conversation, in particular for all writers and readers out there. Does anyone have the right to promote hate speech? Is it right for Simon and Schuster to promote it by publishing this book (and profit from it)?

Ah…the democratic process in motion.

What does a new work and Italian boy have in common?

When I get the chance, I listen to NPR while I do work at my desk that doesn’t require my undivided attention. This morning I heard this piece about an Italian schoolboy who invented a word on some homework he handed in recently. His teacher marked it as incorrect, as teachers are apt to do, but she wrote him a little message telling him she liked his new word. She also wrote the powers that be in her country and is trying to get his new word put in the dictionary.

Kudos to the teacher!

This is a great illustration of how our language is always changing – etymologist at it’s finest. Besides words that are created for things that didn’t exist 5, 10, 15 years ago such as emoticon or ipad, it shows us that language is anything but stagnant, which can be a challenge to someone like me who edits for a living.

If you want to know the boys new word, check out this piece on NPR:

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Alan Rickman (AKA Professor Snape to many)

I didn’t post about the passing of David Bowie, though I enjoy his music and his creative style, but I couldn’t be silent about Alan Rickman. I so enjoyed him in the Harry Potter films, but he was in many many more (Die Hard, Love Actually, Sense and Sensibility, Sweeny Todd, Galaxy Quest – one of my most favorites…)  and I enjoyed him in any that I saw.


So hold up your wands, all you Snape fans out there. And if you want to hear a bit more about Mr. Rickman, listen to this piece about him from NPR.

(Thanks to Michele from for the wand photo)

May I have this waltz, Patti?



I heard a piece on NPR this evening about Patti Page and I just had to put in my two cents. (Patti died at the age of 85 on January 1st of this new year).

Patti’s very popular song – “The Tennessee Waltz” – was one of my father’s favorites. I even have a recording of that that I played for him (when he was still with us) on an old phonograph I have, the wind up, needle as big as a pencil lead phonograph. I can still see my mother and father dancing at weddings to a tune like “The Tennessee Waltz.” My parents were quite good. I didn’t find out until much later, after I had taken a ballroom dance class in college, that yes, they were good, but the only dance my father knew was the foxtrot.

Patti was born, November 8th, 1927 in Claremore, Oklahoma. “The Tennessee Waltz” was recorded in 1950. She is also well known for the song “(How much is that) Doggie in the Window.”