Monthly Archives: November 2017

David Bruce: Anecdotes About Illnesses and Injuries

https://pixabay.com/en/pill-capsule-medicine-medical-1884775/ Gymnastics can be dangerous. At six years old, Carly Patterson attended a birthday party in a gym where some children were practicing tricks such as flips on the tumbling mats. Later, at home, she attempted to do a back … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 2, Scenes 3-4

— 2.3 — Corvino arrived. He saw and recognized Celia’s handkerchief, and he was instantly jealous, although she had given him no reason for being jealous. Corvino finished the disguised Volpone’s sentence for him in his own way: “— blood … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 2

— 2.2 — Mosca and Nano the dwarf, wearing disguises, arrived, carrying material for erecting a temporary stage. Their disguises were those of zanies — the mountebank’s assistants, who would also perform. Some curious people followed them. Peregrine asked, “Who … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Anecdotes About Homosexuals

https://pixabay.com/en/kiss-lgbt-girls-lesbian-lesbians-2897401/  Andrew Tobias, personal finance expert, Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee, and gay man, knows quite a few politicians, including gay and lesbian politicians. For example, he knows two lesbians who in 2007 were first-year legislators in a state … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 2, Scene 1

— 2.1 — At Saint Mark’s Place, at a corner near Corvino’s house, Sir Politic Would-be and Peregrine were talking. Both were travelers from England, and they had just met. In fact, Peregrine had just disembarked on this day. Sir … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Anecdotes About Homosexuals

https://pixabay.com/en/lgbt-gay-flag-symbol-pride-2891829/ In 2010, several gay or allegedly gay young Americans committed suicide after being bullied, including the high-profile case of 18-year-old Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi. After learning that some fellow students had allegedly broadcast on the Web some video … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 1, Scene 5

— 1.5 — Corvino entered the room. Corvino is Italian for “crow.” Mosca said, “Signior Corvino! You have come when you were most wished for! Oh, how happy would you be, if you knew it, now!” Corvino asked, “Why? What? … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Golf Anecdotes

https://pixabay.com/en/golfer-golf-course-golf-golf-swing-2093095/ Roberto de Vicenzo had a good shot at winning the 1968 Masters Tournament in Augusta, Georgia. He and Bob Goalby finished tied with a score of 11-under-par after four days of play, and they appeared to be heading for … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Ben Jonson’s VOLPONE: A Retelling — Act 1, Scene 4

— 1.4 — Mosca put the plate on the treasure chest, where it was visible, and said to the plate, “Betake you to your silence, and your sleep. Stand there and multiply.” Mosca was parodying part of Genesis 1:28: And … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Games Anecdotes

https://pixabay.com/en/cards-jass-cards-card-game-strategy-627167/ Young people’s novelist William Sleator grew up in a family of oddballs. When William was a young boy (10 and under), his father, his younger sister Vicky, and he used to play a game. His father would blindfold them, … Continue reading

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