FACT AND FICTION FACE OFF TO FORGE A FRIENDSHIP

TIME TRAVEL AT THE BOSTON RADIO RODEO     Any man’s death diminishes me, Because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom The bell tolls; it tolls for thee.   John Donne, “No Man Is an Island”   Exactly forty years ago this summer, a very famous advocate of…

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THE BETTER BORDER COLLIES OF OUR NATION

RODEO’S INSTITUTIONAL KIN—THE SHEEPDOG TRIALS   “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break the bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory will swell when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature.” President Abraham Lincoln,…

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Holding on to Faith

The Book of Matthew Stays in the Saddle at the White House Rodeo   Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Matthew 5: 5-6   THE WORLD’S ONLY RODEO WITHOUT VARIATION When people watch a rodeo, they…

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The Tragicomic Living Room Rodeo

In a different world, the adjective “tragicomic” would have withered from disuse and irrelevance. Some of the time, we would be laughing, and some of the time, we would be weeping, and we would never get confused about whether we should be laughing or weeping. But in the world we actually have, the tragic and…

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MY HEROES HAVE ALWAYS BEEN RODEO CLOWNS

The professional kinship between historians and rodeo clowns has long gone unnoticed, a situation that has to change. When rodeo clowns see that a rider is in big trouble, tangled in his gear while the animal beneath him is bucking and twisting up a storm, the clowns do not hold themselves back. They head straight…

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