Scroll down to see about 145 blog postings. They are in chronological order, the most recent first and the oldest last. When you find one that interests you, open it. Also, while you are scrolling down make a list of the ones you want to read. Come back to them when you have time and read them.

As of August, 2022 there are about 145 postings on my blog.


The following is a summary of my blogs from Feb. 6, 2016  to June 28,  2021.


To access my blogs google lovesongsinspanish.wordpress.com

The blogs on my blogsite are organized chronologically, starting with the present and working towards the past in clumps of about 9 entries. 

For instance, when you first visit my blog site you will find a cluster of ten blogs. At the end of them you will see “Older Blogs”. Click on this to go back in time and see the next cluster of ten. 

Here are the dates of each cluster of ten: (Note: the following dates might have been altered by the computer…)

One:  Sept. 9, 2020 (how to write essays) to March 9, 2021 (nostalgia and the tango)

Two: Feb. 3, 1919 (Sousa/Alford) to July 25, 2020 (analyzing Rockwell)

Three: May 18, 2018 (how to teach musicals) to July 30, 2018 (the magic of Don McLean’s Vincent)

Four: Sept. 20, 2016 (letters to editor) to May 9, 2018 (Aznavour)

Five: July 11, 2016 (moving to Florence from Perugia) to Sept.  20, 2016 (Metastasio)

Six: May 29, 2016 (trip to Mantua, etc.) to July 8, 2016 (a joke: the brilliant Japanese student. To find it click on photo of Lincoln)

Seven: March 29, 2016 (Italy/Caruso/tango) to May 29, 2016 (Florence letter)

Eight: Feb. 5, 2016 (Agustin Lara’s Granada) to March 24, 2016 (A passage from Florence, Dante and Me)

I have grouped my blogs below into nine separate categories. This will make it easier for you to read only the categories that interest you, e.g. if you are interested in opera

1 Operatic Italian (based largely on two separate books: Italian for the Opera and its expanded version, Operatic Italian)

2 Love songs in Spanish for Enjoyment and Learning

3 Florence, Dante and Me

4 Home Study Projects and New Ideas for English Language Arts

5 Movies

6 Miscellaneous posts

7 George Godwin’s  The Eternal Forest, a novel rich in   autobiographical elements

8 George Godwin’s Why Stay we here?, sequel to The Eternal Forest

9 George Godwin (general posts about)

10 My autobiography (1942-1958)

Note: send me an email if you would like me to send you a free pdf copy of any chapter in the book Home Study Projects and New Ideas for English Language Arts (item 4, below). Chapter seven (on adolescent problems) is probably the best in the book.

1 OPERATIC ITALIAN (a book and the theme itself) THERE ARE 26 ENTRIES IN THIS SECTION (Operatic Italian). Read through them and find one you like. Make a note of its date, go to the most recent blog and keep scrolling down until you find the date of the one you are looking for. That’s where it will be. Click on it and read it.

William Weaver, author of excellent books on opera, and Verdi (Dec.28,21)

Seamless legato: Dorsey, Sinatra and Pavarotti (Oct. 24, 2021)

Dante’s influence on Italian opera (Sept. 27, 2021)

Un bel di vedremo, Butterfly’s great aria about trust and expectation  (July 15, 2021)

The power of Verdi’s  chorus in Nabucco (with detailed translation)  June 14, 2021

Another great song: Non ti scordar di me. (June 4, 2021)

What the Duke is really saying in “La Donna Mobile  April 15, 2021

The strange case of the missing review of Operatic Italian (Oct. 28, 2020)

The book Operatic Italian and a sixth review October 28, 2020)

The book “Operatic Italian” and five reviews of it (May 22, 2019)

Lucia di Lammermoor, the sextet (June 10, 2018)

How to learn operatic Italian  (May 23, 2018)

Maria Callas and her gift for languages (May 20, 2018)

Romanticism in Il Trovatore (Dec. 16, 2016)

Why Verdi’s Macbeth is much shorter than Shakespeare’s (Nov. 15, 2016)

Rondini al Nido, a wonderful Italian song (Oct. 12, 2016)

How to acquire a good accent in (operatic) Italian (Oct. 3, 2016)

Metastasio, a snippet (Sept. 20, 2016)

Operatic Italian (a preface to the book)  August 10, 2016

Good movies on opera (Life of Verdi dvd with clip of dvd (June 17,2016)

Tosti’s Ideale and the movie Umberto D. (June 15, 2016)

Speak operatic Italian in Italy and have fun doing it (April 21, 2016)

Italy, Caruso and the tango (March 29, 2016)

Ella giammai m’amo (Don Carlos)  March 24, 2016

Callas singing Casta Diva (DVD); how some arias are used to enrich movies (March 10, 2016)

O Sole Mio and how it led to my loving opera (Feb. 18, 2016)

Hearing Caruso’s voice for the first time (May 22, 2022)


Las Mananitas, the lovely Mexican birthday song (August 24, 2022)

A beautiful song in Spanish: Se mi olvido (Feb. 2, 2022)

Ideas for teaching Spanish (or any language) Feb. 21, 2022

A great tango: Mi Buenos Aires Querido (Dec. 16, 2021)

A Mexican classic: Cielito Lindo (Dec. 13, 2021)

Cucurrucucu, Paloma (July 8, 2021)

Another beautiful Argentino tango, In media luz (May 1, 2021)

A Neapolitan emigrant’s nostalgic song, Addio a Napoli (April 16, 2021)

A remarkably beautiful song, Sabor a mi (April 16, 2021)

Noche de Ronda, a beautiful song (April 8, 2021)

Nostalgia, a core theme of the Argentine tango (March 9, 2021)

Solamente una Vez, a much loved song about having only one great love in your life (Jan. 28, 2021)

Love songs in Spanish, the press release (April 17, 2018)

Hey and Julio Iglesias (Aug. 25, 2016)

Caminito, a great tango (Aug. 2, 2016)

How Nat King Cole first got the idea of singing in Spanish; clip of him singing “Quizas?”; words and translation of this song  (May 22, 2016)

The siglo de oro origins of modern Spanish songs (April 18, 2016)

“Y” as sung by Luis Miguel and a description of songs 12-24 in Love songs in Spanish (April 14, 2016)

Love songs in Spanish: a description of the book and a summary of songs 1 to 13 (April 8, 2016)

Using the DVD of Destinos to help you learn Spanish (April 3, 2016)

Love Songs in Spanish (March 31, 2016)

The tango scene in the movie, Scent of a Woman, a live clip (Feb. 12, 2016)

Angelitos Negros, sung by Pedro Infante  (Feb. 6, 2016) DVD no longer works.

Granada, the song, sung by Placido Domingo (Feb. 6, 2016) DVD still plays.


Florence, Dante and Me: introduction to the whole book (Jan. 2, 2022)

Florence, Dante and Me (singing lessons, June 3, 2022) Posting no. 1

Florence, Dante and Me: singing lessons (June 3, 2022)  This is posting no. 2

Radio Ketchican’s review of this book (July 17, 2018)

Singing Your eyes are the eyes of a woman in love on the balcony in Florence. (July 26, 2016)

A trip to Rome and sharing with a strange Sicilian (July 21, 2016)

Wrestling with a fridge salesman from Sicily (July 15, 2016)

My first impressions of Florence, staying in the American girls’ flat (July 11, 2016)

More of my impressions of Perugia; meet learned Oxonian; visit to Urbino (July 2, 2016)

Visit to Gino’s friend in small town north of Naples, car trip to Amalfi coast (June 25, 2016)

My voice teacher and the fun we had working on my voice; her wit (June 13, 2016)

My voice lessons with Nedda del Vivo in Florence; watching the eclipse; my lectures at the university  (June 8, 2016)

I see a tailor, Annichini, for a suit and coat; details of how Del Vivo teaches voice (June 3, 2016)

A trip to Bologna, Milan, etc.; I buy a new bike and see a horror photo of Nazis rounding up Italians on the seller’s wall (May 31, 2016)

My travels to Mantua, Verona, Padua, Venice, and Ferrara. Two entries for this date. (May 29, 2016)

Upset by seeing movie Rocco e I suoi Fratelli; details of what I saw on trip to Bologna (May 26, 2016)

My impressions of university lectures; visit to Farinata celebration with Ede and the Colonel.  (May 23, 2016)

Impressions of Perugia and the University for Foreigners (March 24,2016)


Great Expectations (the movie) and Anne Landers on choosing a life’s partner (Dec. 21, 2021)

On balancing books and movies in your life (June 21, 2021)

Teach a cloze on theme of poverty then teach a poem on same theme. (April 20, 2021)

Show students the power of book cum movie (Jane Eyre) April 16, 21.

First review of “Home Study projects” plus samples from the book and note that I am willing to send them a free sample chapter. (April 7 or 9, 2021)

Alex Haley’s detective work in tracing his African slave ancestor, Kunta Kinte (November 15, 2020)

Eight good movies from my book, Home Study Projects: Captain Fantastic, Christine, Cinema Paradiso, The Duellists  (October 27, 2020)

Emily Carr, Canadian painter of the forests and West Coast aboriginals (Oct. 10, 2020)

Michael Moore on presidents’ falsehoods and how some of them supported dictators (Sept. 18, 2020)

Short table of contents; my offer to send readers a free chapter (pdf) (Sept. 12, 2020)

The story of Grey Owl, Englishman who took on the identity of an aboriginal; how he shared his cabin with beavers he raised (Sept.11, 2020)

How to write an essay without getting flustered and off-topic (Sept. 9, 2020)

How to teach students the art of analyzing a painting (Norman Rockwell)  (July 25, 2020)

Press release of  Home Study Projects and what girls should look for in a future mate (July 13, 2020)

On choosing a life’s partner wisely (June 30, 2020)

A chapter by chapter outline of Home Study Projects (June 20, 2020)

The movie, Casablanca, as reviewed by one of my students (May 13, 2020)

The Breakfast Club, a movie about senior high students. Two posts.  (May 13, 2020)

Outline of Chapter Seven (the conflicts of adolescence) (June 15, 2018)

Using musicals (West Side Story) to teach English (May 18, 2018)

My comments on Home Study Projects (Nov. 2, 2016)


Good movies (Head in the Clouds; The song of Names; Precious (Nov.24, 2021)

Mario Lanza, Liz Taylor and remembering 1951 (Oct. 11, 2021)

Blending movies and books in one’s life (June 19, 2021)

Cinema Paradiso and La Boheme (May 30, 2018)

Oscar Wilde movie (May 4, 2018)

The Great Caruso (Sept. 2, 2010)   Date is wrong, I think.

The Life of Verdi (produced by Radiotelevisione italiana)  March 24, 2016

How arias enrich movies (March 10, 2016)

Great movies about tangos (Feb. 12, 2016)


Ezio Pinza’s great rendition of Some Enchanted Evening (Aug. 22, 2022)

My book, “Florence, Dante and Me” (June 6, 2022)

The telephone versus old-fashioned letters (May 28, 2022)

When I really heard Caruso’s voice for the first time (May 27, 2022)

Christ, Mammon and Romanticism (April 22, 2022)

My near brush with death (a huge wave in Mexico) April 7, 2022)

King Lear’s newly acquired pity for the street people of his time (Apr. 7)

Shakespeare’s King Lear (Edmund’s first soliloquy) March 23, 2022

All the Things you Are, sung by Beverley Sills (March 17, 2022)

Introduction on my book “How to write a good autobiography” (March 9, 2022)

Thoughts on newspapers and news broadcasts (March 2, 2022)

On teaching yourself Spanish (Feb. 21, 2022)

Jesus Christ, Superstar (Feb. 19, 2022)

Telephones vs Old fashioned letters (May28, 2022)

Christ, Mammon and Romanticism (April 22, 2022)

The narrow-mindedness of my local newspaper (Dec. 5, 2021)

Tommy Dorsey (Oct. 29, 2021)

My near brush with death at Olas Altas, Mexico (April 7, 2021)

King Lear speaks with compassion about extreme poverty (April 7, 2021)

All the things you are: a great song. Artist: Beverly Sills  (March 17, 2022)

Life-long benefits of spending a year in Italy (Sept. 19, 2021)

I have seen ghosts (Aug. 27, 2021)

They came for the children: Canada’s residential schools (Aug. 16, 2021)

A remarkable memoir of World War One: Private Fraser’s journal (Aug. 6, 2021

Bullwhip Days (no. 2) (July 10, 2021)

Bullwhip Days: The Slaves Remember (no. 1)   (April 6, 2021)

Table of contents of my blogs so far (April 6, 2021)

Bullwhip Days: real slaves remember (April 8, 2021)

Sousa and Alford, a comparison of two great march composers (Feb. 3, 2019)

Vincent, a great song by Don McLean (July 30, 2018}

A few favorite pages from Prof. Stringham, p. 267 (June 24, 2018)

The art of playing the trumpet with delicacy and not blaring (June 5, 2018)

Charles Aznavour singing Hier Encore (Yesterday when I was young) with his ex-wife and daughter (May 9, 2018)

daughter (May 9, 2018)

 Muerte de un torero, a wonderful painting by Cordero  (April 11, 2018)

My letters to the editor (Victoria Times-Colonist) (Sept. 20, 2016)

A joke about the Japanese kid, Suzuki, with all the answers (July 8, 2016)

7 THE ETERNAL FOREST (George Godwin’s autobiography disguised as a novel)

Sample passages (May 25, 2018)

8 WHY STAY WE HERE? (George Godwin’s sequel to The Eternal Forest)

The hidden wounds of war: Dieppe raid and George Godwin) (Oct. 13, 2021)

George Godwin’s sensitive book about his experiences in World War I (Sept. 9, 2016)

Introduction, rats, the publication Land and Water, the nature of physical courage, musings  on an abandoned boot (Feb. 12, 2016)


George Godwin’s book on WW I “Why stay we here?” (July 29, 2022)

My catalog for Godwin Books (Sept. 8, 2021)

Japan’s New Order: Introduction and the opening page (a model of good historical writing, in my opinion (March 24, 2016)


First half of Chapter three, 1948-49 (July 11, 2022)

Chapter two, 1946-47 (July 5, 2022)

First three chapters of the book (June 20, 26, 2022)

My days as a caddy at Capilano Golf course (Nov. 7, 2021)

First posting on my autobiography: 1942-1958 Saturday morning donuts and my flowers scam at the age of five.(Nov. 5, 2021)

My new book: Memoirs of a dysfunctional family (March 9, 2021)

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