Oh darn! My name has been brought up and I believe I've got to write
I was away earlier this week when it was the best opportunity for me the
Thanks for the kind words.
I've no problem with Nancy's last reply to one of my posts.
I feel funny about adding civility suggestions (does it make me
uncivil?) but I've found that when I feel I have to complain to just one
person a personal email instead of a post to the list is the best way to
When I do write a personal email I try to remember to add "Off list" at
the beginning of the the subject line. I caution you **NOT** to do this
by hitting the "Reply" button and then changing the "To" and "Subject"
fields. That's because I've hit that button and forgot to change the
recipient's address from TSE to the personal address. If that doesn't
sound bad enough think what could happen when that mail gets responded
to thinking that a personal communication is going on. So -- double
check the address when sending OR replying to an off list message.
Now I feel a bit uncivil by not having responded to Diana's last reply
to me. I hope she'll forgive me but I feel that I've spent enough of my
time writing about Eliot and anti-Antisemitism for now.
P.S. - I've spent Friday evening and Saturday morning watching and
listening to the services for Senator Kennedy. Massachusetts Governor
Deval Patrick had this to say Friday:
A friend of mine told me recently the story of Ted's plans to attend
the funeral of Yitzhak Rabin, the late prime minister of Israel. The
day before he left for Jerusalem, he called the White House and
asked if it would be appropriate to bring some soil from Arlington
Cemetery. No one knew the answer. So that day, he went to the graves
of his two brothers and scooped up some soil, and he carried that
precious commodity in a shopping bag to the funeral of Rabin. And
after the ceremonies, after the crowd had dispersed, away from the
cameras and the press, he carefully, respectfully, lovingly spread
that soil on Rabin's grave. No publicity, just a good man doing a