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philosophymom
About Me
 
 Middle-aged mom, absent-minded professor, avocational musician, erstwhile DJ & webmaster, inveterate reader, indifferent homemaker, enthusiastic Sherlockian, would-be traveler, ecumenical Christian, uncloseted Democrat, sometime vegetarian.

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 General: music, piano, singing, philosophy, theology, reading, mysteries, Sherlockiana, film, radio, Scotland, Italy, cricket, baseball, wine
 
 Musical: classical, choral, opera, Great American Songbook, Hot Club jazz, Mozart, Verdi, Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Bryn Terfel, Joshua Bell, Dawn Upshaw, Mark O'Connor, Straight No Chaser, Alan Menken, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, Max Raabe & the Palast Orchester, Hamilton
 
 Literary: Don Camillo (& all things Guareschi), Sherlock Holmes, P.G. Wodehouse, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Anita Brookner, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ngaio Marsh, Josephine Tey, Terry Pratchett, early Heinlein, A Canticle for Leibowitz
 
 Cinematic: Cinema Paradiso, Jean de Florette, The Artist, Casablanca, To Kill a Mockingbird, Roman Holiday, The Thin Man, My Man Godfrey, Notorious, Shall We Dance?, Topsy-Turvy, Newsies, Pixar, Marvel, Kurosawa
 
 Small-screen: Elementary, Endeavor, Mom, Supergirl, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Simpsons, Colbert, John Oliver, The West Wing, The Newsroom, Star Trek (all), Doctor Who (old school), Phineas & Ferb, Britcoms, Jeeves and Wooster
 
 
 Quotable:
 "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36)
 
 "There’s not much we can do except to be, and in being, become aware." (Richard Hunt)
 
 "Only connect." (E.M. Forster)
 
 "It's not the honors and the prizes and the fancy outsides of life which ultimately nourish our souls. It's the knowing that we can be trusted, that we never have to fear the truth, that the bedrock of our very being is good stuff." (Fred Rogers)
 
 "There will come a time when you believe everything is finished; that will be the beginning." (Louis L'Amour)
 
 "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." (Sherlock Holmes)
 
 "If only we could cultivate the spirit of cricket in all our dealings, one with the other. It is not far from the spirit of Christ." (Dr. Stuart Barton Babbage, Dean of St Paul's Cathedral Melbourne, in a sermon given during the 5th test of 1960-61)
 
 "[A]ll of life, as we know it, moves in little, unavailing circles. More justly than to anything else, it can be likened to the game of baseball. Crack! we hit the ball, and away we go. If we earn a run (in life we call it success) we get back to the home plate and sit upon a bench. If we are thrown out, we walk back to the home plate -- and sit upon a bench." (O. Henry, "Sociology In Serge And Straw")
 
 "Begin anywhere." (John Cage)
 

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