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SURPRISE (A poem by Billy Collins) This-According to the voice on the radio,The host of a classical music program no less-This is the birthday of Vivaldi. He would be 325 years old today, quite bent over, I would imagine,And not able to see much through his watery eyes. Preview Open

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The Most Terrifying Night of My Life

 

Twenty-three years ago today to be exact. Every detail is etched on my brain. It was one of those times when God can take an atheist and force him down on his knees for prayer.

Earlier in the evening of the previous night my wife felt the twinge of contractions. Just 29 weeks along in her third pregnancy she knew immediately that something was wrong. This was not a case of Braxton Hicks, the normal and safe contraction and relaxation of the uterus that can happen in the latter stages of a woman’s pregnancy. This was labor.

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Years ago, in National Review, I read an essay by @roblong. He waxed eloquent about the joys of his French plumbing. He spoke of the sybaritic pleasures available in shiny chrome and porcelain. I was… intrigued. But I was also poor. I was a stay-at-home mom of four or five little ones (we have six total […]

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Happy Birthday, Sandy!

 

On July 3, one day before the our great nation’s birthday, a baby girl — blond, chubby, and the delight of her parents — was born. It was some years ago. I could tell you the exact number, but who’s counting? And you wouldn’t believe me, anyway. No one ever does.

The baby girl grew up to be my mother. Perhaps that is a self-centered way to put it. In fact, she grew up to be many things:  holder of a master’s degree in political science from the University of Chicago, devoted wife, mother of two boys (before the birth of her most beloved child, a daughter), loyal friend and neighbor, small-business owner who started a massage therapy practice by herself almost 35 years ago, and expanded over time and with persistence to take on a partner and eventually eight employees. She is a grandmother of nine, and the only grandparent most of her grandchildren have.

Some of you may remember that I recently moved with my family from Italy back home. My mom was there to catch us (we landed in her house and here we still are), guide us, advise us, and support us in everything we have done, from buying a car to opening our new store. When I was young, she worked her business schedule around me. Now that my family is back in the States, she spends her non-working hours with my kids. She has taken on a large part of the instruction in our homeschool. She taught all three of my daughters to play the piano, and then gave them the gift of musical instruction with other teachers. She has encouraged them in their athletic pursuits and ferried them about to their various activities. She tolerates the five-person invasion and occupation of her house with good humor and long patience. In short, nothing we do would be possible without her.

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Yesterday, I completed an eight year project, one that I didn’t fully realize that I was committing to when I began it. For the past eight years, I have assumed the role of President Obama’s unrequested, undesired, and disapproving poet laureate. For the past eight years, I have been President Obama’s birthday troll. Not that […]

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This upcoming Thursday is the purported fifty-fifth birthday of President Obama, his eighth and presumably last in office. I use words like “purported” and “presumably” not because I subscribe to any particular conspiracy theory, but because I have learned that absolutely nothing about the Obamas, the Clintons, and indeed mostly any movement Democrat, is to […]

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This is a longish essay about Mozart I wrote fourteen years ago. I think all fans of Mozart will enjoy this post about his final work, Requiem, K. 626. If you are not a Mozart fan, consider listening to the link and becoming one. That may just be 55 minutes and 14 seconds you won’t regret! Preview […]

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The Daily Shot Turns 1!

 

The Daily Shot's First BirthdayOne year ago today, Ricochet sent the debut edition of The Daily Shot, our morning email. To celebrate the first birthday, here is the intro to that message, penned by Ricochet’s founders:

Welcome to the first edition of The Ricochet Daily Shot. It’s a quick, smart, fun way to catch up on today’s big events — and get a preview of what’s coming up tomorrow. It’s meant to be a fast snapshot of the news from a decidedly Ricochet perspective, packed with enough information to tide you over until you have a chance to sit down with your favorite non-left wing news outlet, assuming you’ve found such a thing. We hope you enjoy the Ricochet Daily Shot — and if for any reason you don’t, feel free to unsubscribe using the link at the bottom of this email — and that it gives you just the right amount of news, wit, and information to make it through the day, and to dazzle and dumbfound the liberals in your wake. Enjoy!

— Rob Long & Peter Robinson