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An audio series based on the new memoir entitled, “Larry Ruttman – A Life Lived Backwards: An Existential Triad of Friendship, Inquisitiveness and Maturation.”

An audio series based on the new memoir entitled, “Larry Ruttman – A Life Lived Backwards: An Existential Triad of Friendship, Inquisitiveness and Maturation.”

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United States

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An audio series based on the new memoir entitled, “Larry Ruttman – A Life Lived Backwards: An Existential Triad of Friendship, Inquisitiveness and Maturation.”

Language:

English


Episodes

Jordan Rich Speaks About His Encounter with Depression

11/17/2022
Jordan and I turned the tables in this podcast. I asked the questions about his depression, and Jordan answered them. That turned out wonderfully, as you will hear. His experience was different than mine, especially his emphasis on time, both in real time, and in time imagined, his depression happening when he was younger, lasting … Continue reading Jordan Rich Speaks About His Encounter with Depression →

Duration:00:35:26

Depression. The Disease Many Have but Few Talk About

11/17/2022
The first part of the title above is demonstrated by myself and my terrific interlocutor on these podcasts, Jordan Rich. Both of us have suffered serious depressions, but both of us, having followed careers requiring expressiveness, I as an attorney and Jordan as a broadcaster, we are able to freely talk about our experiences with … Continue reading Depression. The Disease Many Have but Few Talk About →

Duration:00:31:06

SELF-ESTEEM AND FRIENDSHIP VERSUS NARCISSISM

10/26/2022
One of the big ironies in our world is how self-esteem and narcissism are often confounded. One who has self-esteem, self confidence, chutzpah, whatever you want to call it, and backs that up with ability, talent, and accomplishment, is often mistakenly regarded as narcissistic. Usually such a person has many friends, many of whom help … Continue reading SELF-ESTEEM AND FRIENDSHIP VERSUS NARCISSISM →

Duration:00:23:13

FRIENDSHIP

9/20/2022
The title of my upcoming memoir cites in its title the three guideposts of my life: Friendship, Inquisitiveness and Maturation. This podcast centers on friendship, and the other two facets are naturally involved in talking about friendship. You will hear about three remarkable and talented musicians, although each is different than the others. Each of … Continue reading FRIENDSHIP →

Duration:00:25:03

YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESIDENT TO HAVE A PERSONAL DOCTOR

8/17/2022
One dicey thing about traveling is the time it takes to get a doctor if you become ill or get hurt. Not for presidents, though. Not for me either. Here’s how that goes down. It is yet another facet of friendship. Guifu Wu is a Chinese name. Indeed Guifu Wu is Chinese. In fact, he … Continue reading YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE PRESIDENT TO HAVE A PERSONAL DOCTOR →

Duration:00:22:48

WHAT IS A GENIUS LIKE?

7/7/2022
As I sit here on February 27, 2021 watching the horrific attack unleashed by Putin on Ukraine, I am thinking of an amazingly peaceful man who can hear “the troops coming out” when he plays the piano. That man is Ran Blake, who plays the piano like no other pianist, speaks like no other person, … Continue reading WHAT IS A GENIUS LIKE? →

Duration:00:21:40

A POTPOURRI: BASEBALL, TEENS, MOVIES, MARRIAGE, AND POLITICS

6/21/2022
How do you get from baseball and other kinds of ball to politics when you’re talking about Paul Epstein. Who is Paul Epstein anyway? Well, Paul is the twin brother of Theo Epstein. You know, the smart GM who brought World Championships to the Red Sox and the Cubs after droughts of close to a … Continue reading A POTPOURRI: BASEBALL, TEENS, MOVIES, MARRIAGE, AND POLITICS →

Duration:00:25:43

A MODEL PUBLIC SERVANT

6/8/2022
I would ask you to read that title two ways, first as to what makes a person a model public servant, and second as to a public servant known to all of us who fits that description. Reading this note and then listening to this podcast about Massachusetts State Treasurer, Deborah Goldberg, will be my … Continue reading A MODEL PUBLIC SERVANT →

Duration:00:17:24

WHY BASEBALLERS INSPIRE YOU AND ME

5/24/2022
Let’s take YAZ, Carl Albert Yastrzemski, to be precise. Without his talent, Yaz would be an ordinary guy. With it he is extraordinary, not just as a player, but as the inspiring person he or any of us “ordinary” folks might be. That is why he inspired us. Did Yaz have the natural ability of … Continue reading WHY BASEBALLERS INSPIRE YOU AND ME →

Duration:00:30:15

WHY MASSACHUSETTS IS A BLUE STATE

5/10/2022
Everybody knows Massachusetts is a blue state. It’s been a blue state for a long time. Can anyone explain why that is? Is there anything about baseball as played at Fenway Park that throws light on that puzzle. Let’s go back to late June, 1949 when the Yankees came to to town for a crucial … Continue reading WHY MASSACHUSETTS IS A BLUE STATE →

Duration:00:28:28

BASEBALL IN ROMAN TIMES

4/27/2022
Well not exactly, but I thought so when I met beautiful dark and enchanting Octavia sitting next to me at Fenway Park. At first I thought she might be Cleopatra, but it turned out her husband’s name was Cecil and not Caesar. Cecil who? Cecil Cooper that’s who, a rookie then, but a player who … Continue reading BASEBALL IN ROMAN TIMES →

Duration:00:23:39

BASEBALL AND LIFE

4/12/2022
The New York Yankees may have won the most pennants and World Series in baseball history, but no team has taught us more about life and how to live it than the Boston Red Sox. Let’s start with a few facts one needs to know, to know the truth of the above statement. In the … Continue reading BASEBALL AND LIFE →

Duration:00:22:31

HOT DOGS, BASEBALL, AND BABE RUTH

3/29/2022
“Take me out to the ballgame, buy me some peanuts and crackerjack….” How about a hot dog too? What goes down better at the old ballgame than a hot dog? I have some stories about hot dogs at Fenway Park that tell tales about more than just eating them. Listen and you shall hear. About … Continue reading HOT DOGS, BASEBALL, AND BABE RUTH →

Duration:00:26:16

TED WILLIAMS, PRISCILLA HOWE, AND ME

3/15/2022
Who was beautiful Priscilla Howe? What has she got to do with handsome Ted Williams? What do I have to do with either one of these two talented people? You’ll have to wait until the end of this note to get to that part of the story, and listen to the podcast to get the … Continue reading TED WILLIAMS, PRISCILLA HOWE, AND ME →

Duration:00:18:40

MY EIGHTY-TWO YEAR LOVE AFFAIR

3/1/2022
An eighty-two year love affair! That is next to impossible, especially considering that a romance that began in the teen years would now be over one hundred years old! Oh, I forgot, this is a love affair with a ballpark, the most iconic one in America, Fenway Park in Boston, where my Dad first took … Continue reading MY EIGHTY-TWO YEAR LOVE AFFAIR →

Duration:00:17:38

NONAGENARIANS AND DEMOCRACY

2/15/2022
Nonagenarians have an advantage over others of lesser years. Starting life in 1932 or earlier they have witnessed a large part of the 20th Century and a significant portion of this one, and all the stupendous changes in society and the world over in that period of time. They are experiencing a change now they … Continue reading NONAGENARIANS AND DEMOCRACY →

Duration:00:39:44

The Two Faces of Rudy Giuliani

2/1/2022
Within a month after the horrific events of 9/11, I wrote a story entitled, “Baseball, Brookline and Giuliani,” There existed then another Rudy Giuliani who resembled the one seen lately aspiring to become the mayor of Kiev in the Ukraine. That Rudy Giuliani was a terrific DA, and then a terrific mayor of New York … Continue reading The Two Faces of Rudy Giuliani →

Duration:00:31:02

“John Gallagher and Dr. David Link, Two Jewish Brookline Guys Who Changed the World”

1/25/2022
John Gallagher Jewish? Sounds Irish to me. The John Gallagher who was the President of the world famous Longwood Cricket Club where tennis is king and was deplored for its policy of not admitting Jews as members? The very same. The guy who wore a custom made mezuzzah with a Star of David and a … Continue reading “John Gallagher and Dr. David Link, Two Jewish Brookline Guys Who Changed the World” →

Duration:00:20:13

Looking Backwards to See the Future

1/18/2022
That is what historians do! That is what preservationists do! Many a wise man has said that we can’t see where we’re going if we have no awareness of where we’ve been. Human Nature remains the same. The lessons we need to navigate forward are all there in our history. Two late Brookline people who … Continue reading Looking Backwards to See the Future →

Duration:00:25:52

Irishmen and Irishwoman are a Boy’s Best Friend

1/11/2022
How could I know that I would spend twenty of the happiest years of my life from age 69 to 89 at one of the most undesirable office locations in Brookline:), amidst a gang of Irishmen, two Irishwomen, a Garage Punk Midwesterner, and a severe Italian landlady. After all, I had just recently inhabited the … Continue reading Irishmen and Irishwoman are a Boy’s Best Friend →

Duration:00:19:35