Musing of a Contemporary Pathologist

Easter Memories

The New York Times crossword puzzle for Wednesday May 20, 2015 included, as a clue for 23 across: Holiday not widely observed by Quakers. The answer was: Easter. I did not know that about Quakers but I was reminded of one of the reasons to do crossword puzzles: you learn a lot. That puzzle also reminded me why, despite the bunnies and the painted eggs, I am not fond of Easter. The South Brooklyn neighborhood of my...

How NOT to learn about grand opera and other tales …

1939 was quite a year in the history of the world. World War II began when Germany attacked Poland. The Spanish Civil War ended as Franco conquered Madrid. Albert Einstein wrote to President Roosevelt urging him to build an atomic bomb. Regular television broadcasts began. The first air-conditioned automobile was sold by Packard and the entirely independent Hewlett-Packard company was founded. The first...