Tag Archives: Be a Work of Art

David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Work; The Coolest People in Books — Alcohol

Work • Being an ice dancer is tougher than you think, although it looks effortless on TV. Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean once performed in an old circus tent in Tasmania. The weather was rough, the tent was leaky, and the … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — War, Work

War • An Army doctor had a crisis of conscience because it seemed that every time he succeeded in healing a wounded soldier, the soldier would go back into battle only to get killed. Therefore, the doctor left the Army and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Umpires, War

Umpires • Les Moss, a good man at repairing baseball gloves, once was given the glove of an opposing player, catcher Clint Courtney, to mend. He did so, but he also sewed some pieces of Limburger cheese into the glove. As … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Transplants, Travel, Umpires

Transplants • In 2007, Stephen Wilson gave his sister, Andrea, a gift that will help allow her to see her children, Andrew, age 12, and Laura, age 15, grow to adulthood: He gave her one of his kidneys. Both Stephen and … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Theater, Transplants

Theater  • Lennox Robinson, an Irish actor-manager, once auditioned a middle-aged woman who wished to be an actress. She spoke a few lines from the “quality of mercy” speech by Portia in Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, then said, “I think I’d … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Sports, Theater

Sports • Figure skaters often have the reputation of being gay (not that there’s anything wrong with that) — sometimes the reputation is deserved, but sometimes it is not. Young pairs figure skater Robert Davenport was teased at a skating camp … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Royalty, Signs, Success, Sports

Royalty • In 1955, Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson had dinner with Princess Margaret. As he talked to her, he noticed that he had gravy on his hand, so he reached under the table for a napkin and began to wipe away … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Profanity, Public Speaking, Religion, Royalty

Profanity • Umpire Eric Gregg was bilingual, and sometimes he tried to help Spanish-speaking baseball players with their English. Once, catcher Tony Peña asked him, “Where the h*ll was that pitch at?” Mr. Gregg replied, “Tony, you can’t end a sentence … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Problem-Solving, Profanity

Problem-Solving • At age 16, Jessica Hopper started a band that opened for DIY band Fugazi in the Twin Cities. This was a highly coveted gig, and many, many Twin Cities bands had telephoned the club’s booker to ask to be … Continue reading

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David Bruce: Be a Work of Art — Problem-Solving

Problem-Solving • As an Impressionist painter, Claude Monet was obsessed with recreating the effect of light on various objects. In 1890, he began painting a picture of meules — stacks of wheat or oats. The light changed suddenly, so he got … Continue reading

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