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Friday March 3, 1933

I’ve been working on the speech all morning. In fact, I’ve made great progress.  I could go with what I have so far written.  But I feel, I know, that it needs a line that will really grab people’s attention.  A phrase came to my mind this morning: “All we have to fear is . . .”  Fear what?  What is it we have to fear?  Further economic erosion?  A lack of confidence in the markets?  All we have to fear is . . .  Maybe I should telephone Sam and get some idea or other from him.  He always…


Added by Gary Freedman on March 3, 2013 at 7:56am — 3 Comments

Are You an INTP?

As an INTP, your primary mode of living is focused internally, where you deal with things rationally and logically. Your secondary mode is external, where you take things in primarily via your intuition.

INTPs live in the world of theoretical possibilities. They see everything in terms of how it could be improved, or what it could be turned into. They live primarily inside their own minds, having the ability to…


Added by Gary Freedman on July 24, 2012 at 11:11am — 1 Comment

Who is the Real Gary Freedman?

I took an Internet Personality test. If you would like to see the results, check out the following site:


Added by Gary Freedman on July 8, 2012 at 4:30am — 3 Comments

Trauma and Memory

Added by Gary Freedman on January 22, 2012 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Proust Questionnaire

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?

Miami Beach

What is the best gift you've received?
The Georg Solti recording of Gotterdammerung when I was 13 years old.


Added by Gary Freedman on December 14, 2011 at 10:42am — 2 Comments

Ever tried oat meal pudding?

I just invented a new dessert.  It's actually quite good and nutritious!


Take one cup of oatmeal.  Add two cups nonfat evaporated milk.  Add some sugar or artificial sweetener.  Add cocoa powder.  Blend in a blender.  Cook in microwave on high for 6 minutes.  Cool in refrigerator.  Makes a darn good pudding!!  I suppose one could substitute some of the milk with the alcoholic beverage of your choice.  Never tried that, though.

Added by Gary Freedman on December 13, 2011 at 12:53pm — 2 Comments

The Proust Questionnaire

The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one's personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.

At the end of the nineteenth century, when Proust was still in his teens, he answered a questionnaire in an English-language confession album belonging to his friend Antoinette, daughter of future French President Félix Faure, entitled "An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc." At that… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on October 30, 2011 at 8:54am — No Comments

Happy October 25th!!

Happy 25th!!

Added by Gary Freedman on October 25, 2011 at 8:32am — 1 Comment

My Emotional Reaction to 9/11

In her published memoirs Alma Mahler, widow of the composer Gustav Mahler, records the following anecdote about an incident that occurred in New York City in about the year 1909, while Mahler was conductor of the New York Philharmonic.

"Marie Uchatius, a young art-student, paid me a visit one day in the Hotel Majestic [in New York City]. Hearing a confused noise, we leaned out of the window and saw a long procession in the broad street along the side of Central Park [Fifth…


Added by Gary Freedman on September 25, 2011 at 10:30am — No Comments

Poor Judgment

I was recently chastized for showing poor judgment by posting an item on TBD that some might find offensive and inappropriate. 


The fact is that I suffer from severe mental illness, and, in fact, my psychiatrist has said that I show "grossly impaired judgment."  While my illness does not excuse bad behavior, it helps explain it!  If I have offended anyone on TBD I apologize!!


You can read the results of my most recent psychiatric evaluation at the following…


Added by Gary Freedman on September 24, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Returning to your roots

Otto Klemperer (14 May 1885 – 6 July 1973) was a German conductor and composer. He is widely regarded as one of the leading conductors of the 20th century.  In 1933, once the Nazi party had reached power, Klemperer, who was Jewish,  left Germany and moved to the United States. Klemperer had previously  converted to Catholicism, but returned to Judaism at the end of his  life.  One of his last concert tours was to Jerusalem. Klemperer had performed  in Palestine before the state of Israel… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on July 24, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Long-Lived Pianist

Mieczysław Horszowski (June 23, 1892 – May 22, 1993) was a Polish-American pianist who had the longest known career in the history of the performing arts.

Born a Jew, Horszowski converted to Catholicism.  One critic wrote: "Horszowski was both very Jewish and very Catholic, in both cases as only a Pole could have been."

In this video Horszowski performs Robert Schumann's Papillons, op. 2, in Paris in 1989, at the age of 97.  He died… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on May 24, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Elizabeth Taylor and Zionism

Elizabeth Taylor was born and lived her early years at her parents' home, at 8 Wildwood Road in Hampstead Garden Suburb, a northwestern suburb of London; the second child of Francis Lenn Taylor (1897–1968) and Sara Viola Warmbrodt (1895–1994), who were Americans residing in England. Taylor's older brother, Howard Taylor, was born in 1929. Her parents were originally from Arkansas City, Kansas. Francis Taylor was an art dealer, and Sara was a former actress whose stage name was "Sara Sothern."… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on March 26, 2011 at 12:28pm — 2 Comments



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On Learning from the Master

Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792, when he was 21 years old. He was probably first introduced to the great composer Joseph Haydn in late 1790, when the latter was traveling to London and stopped in Bonn around Christmas time. They met in Bonn on Haydn's return trip from London to Vienna in July 1792, and it is likely that arrangements were made at that time for Beethoven to study with the old master.

Years later, after Beethoven achieved widespread fame, Haydn wanted to take…


Added by Gary Freedman on October 27, 2010 at 12:09pm — No Comments

A Schumann Mania?

Do you ever get in one of those moods where you can't stop listening to the music of Robert Schumann? I'm in one of those moods, one of those Schumann moods, right now. I've been in a Schumann mood for weeks now. It comes and goes with me. I remember back to the summer of 2004, I couldn't stop listening to Schumann's piano music, particularly Carnaval and the Humoresque.

You know, Schumann is believed to have suffered from manic depression. He had mood swings. He lived…


Added by Gary Freedman on April 13, 2010 at 12:37pm — 2 Comments

Suppport the Health Care Reform Bill!

Contact your representative in Congress NOW! Tell your representative in Congress to vote YES! for health care reform!

Added by Gary Freedman on March 21, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

Do I Expect Too Much From My Therapist?

I see a psychotherapist once a week. I've been thinking about cutting down the sessions to once every two weeks, or even once a month. There is no magic in our sessions. I attach no feeling of specialness to our interaction. Psychotherapy should be magical, it should be special. Special in the sense that one feels sensations that are not experienced in the mundane world. One should feel some connection to one's… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on March 19, 2010 at 5:33pm — 3 Comments

Dennis Kucinich -- A Small Man Who Has Done a Great Thing for America!

Representative Dennis Kucinich may be small in stature, but he has done a great thing for America by announcing that he will vote to approve health care reform legislation currently before the House of Representatives. He becomes the first Democrat to publicly disclose his intention to switch from a no to a yes vote on the legislation.

“I’ve decided to cast a vote in favor of the legislation,” Mr. Kucinich said at a morning news conference in the Capitol. “If my vote is to be… Continue

Added by Gary Freedman on March 17, 2010 at 11:14am — 2 Comments

A Cold, Rainy Day

It's a cold, rainy day in the nation's capital. Let's pass health care reform legislation P>

Added by Gary Freedman on March 3, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments



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