Steve Blevins

Steve Blevins
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
November 05
Steve Blevins teaches medicine at the University of Oklahoma. He enjoys reading, music, and travel. He is interested in American and European history, French literature and culture, and music for piano and chamber ensemble.


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APRIL 18, 2009 8:35AM

OS Party in Oklahoma City (with pictures)

I love OS!!!!!

First, let me say "thanks" to all who made the OS Party in Oklahoma City a smashing success! When we planned it a month ago, our expectations were pretty low. Never would we have predicted such a huge turn out! 

I saw lots of people from the… Read full post »


Artur Schnabel is considered the 20th century's greatest interpreter of Beethoven's piano music. Born in Austria on April 17, 1882, he became a renowned pianist, teacher, and composer. Eschewing showmanship, he approached music reverentiallyRead full post »

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APRIL 14, 2009 7:54AM

Vinh Dang Nguyen's Delectable Bouillabaisse


Today is a very special "foodie" Tuesday. 

I'm here with my good friend and master chef, Vinh Dang Nguyen. Vinh is the inspiration behind Do An Cho, the most popular Vietnamese restaurant in central Oklahoma. If you want to dine here, you'd better make your res/… Read full post »

APRIL 12, 2009 1:15PM

Happy Easter


May this day --

and every day --

bring peace, love, and joy

to you and your family. Read full post »


Interviews are popular at OS. In keeping with the trend, I’ve decided to interview the young lady who won the hearts of bloggers worldwide when she was introduced by Dr. Amy Tuteur in her fascinating post last month. Her name is Brandy, and she’s the lovely young lady kn/… Read full post »

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APRIL 7, 2009 10:16AM

My Conversation With Kerry Lauerman About OS Problems


Recently I contacted Kerry Lauerman about a problem with OS. He responded promptly, and we were able to solve the problem in almost no time. Because some of you may be having the same problem, I’ve reproduced our exchange.


Steve: Kerry, I’ve had a problem with OS since/… Read full post »


If you did not read Mr. Chariot’s exquisite essay, The (Adult) Language of Flowers, published on Valentine’s Day, you missed perhaps the most edifying lesson in gentlemanly etiquette ever to appear on the pages of Le Salon Ouvert.  The following day, the blogosphere was/… Read full post »

APRIL 5, 2009 9:26AM

Karajan the Great

Born on April 5, 1908, Herbert von Karajan became one of the most renowned conductors of the 20th century. He conducted the Berlin Philharmonic for thirty-five years. The New York Times… Read full post »


Hey everybody! Guess who I heard from the other day?


That's right -- Shaggy! He's been busy writing papers, taking tests, and killing zombies. He misses all of you, as we do him. 


For those of you… Read full post »

Born on April 1, 1873, Sergei Rachmaninoff was one of Russia's great composers and pianists.  As a composer,… Read full post »
Starting today, I will use this blog to celebrate the birthdays of great musicians and composers.
We begin with Austrian composer, Franz Joseph Haydn, who was born… Read full post »


Peanut Butter


Baseball, Apple Pie, and Chevrolet. 


These icons of Americana are as powerful today as they were a half-century ago. Baseball conjures images of profligate wealth and steroid use. And Chevrolet is made by General Motors, which is currently trading at $3.9… Read full post »

MARCH 26, 2009 6:37PM

Haiku Thursday


Ten-year old genius

Spurting geysers in the park

Jedi gets a point

MARCH 25, 2009 10:46PM

The Making of a Jedi Poet


This just in:  Shaggylocks has been named Poet Laureate of Sonnetica and has acceded to its throne. Now, one question remains:  Can he expand his power and reign over the entire Poetic Blogosphere?


The Force is strong in him. But the training of a Jedi Poet is a… Read full post »

MARCH 24, 2009 5:24PM

Art and Boogers

The inimitable Shaggylocks has completed yet another extraordinary sonnet.  Its subject is as large as art itself.   I have reproduced his oevre, to which I contributed meagerly, along with a reply (in sonnet form) that addresses his an… Read full post »

MARCH 24, 2009 12:39AM

Dueling Sonnets II

My exchange with the redoubtable Shaggylocks continues. Part 1 of that exchange appears here.  

To Guy with a Functioning Keyboard:

Your skillful execution leaves me awed
Your "Master Sonnetista" flag's unfurled
If no more people see this and applaud
There really is no justice in this world

By… Read full post »

MARCH 23, 2009 11:21AM

I'm Chinese Inside


Racial stereotypes are usually bad, and certain ones are especially bad. But what about positive racial stereotypes? Many people think they’re bad too because people should not be judged as a group. But while this argument has merit, it’s not totally convincing. Let&… Read full post »

MARCH 22, 2009 10:23AM

Dueling Sonnets

Yesterday, I read Shaggylock's brilliant post and was moved to respond.  I have reproduced his imaginative sonnet and my reply.

Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Machine

This worn out PC has a broken key
Which once was stuck, but now no longer works.
So I can’t type the le/… Read full post »

MARCH 21, 2009 9:10AM

Perceptual Blindness

I practice medicine in Oklahoma City. Yesterday, a surgeon sent me this  video clip. It illustrates a common problem confronting doctors. 


Sometimes we err not from inattention to detail, but from immersion in detail and inattention to the patient.


Basketba… Read full post »

MARCH 18, 2009 2:18PM

I Have Ten Friends on Facebook.


Last week, I started a blog on just to be nerdy. A few days later, I received an email from my dear friend, Kerry Yancy Dolan. She was rounding up the Class of ’81 from Trinity Valley School and was inviting us to join Facebook. Innocently and unceremoniously, I… Read full post »

MARCH 17, 2009 8:08AM

David Brooks is Wrong


In today's New York Times, David Brooks luxuriates in a speech delivered by Baptist minister Russell Conwell:


"I say that the opportunity to get rich, to attain unto great wealth, is here now within the reach of almost every man and woman who hears me speak tonight!" Conwell thundered… Read full post »

MARCH 16, 2009 8:28PM

Today's GOP

I wrote this letter in response to a piece by Gail Collins in the New York Times.   

Dear Gail,  

I remember when, years ago, Rush Limbaugh was on the cover of National Review, the eminently conservative magazine founded by the late William F. Buckley Jr. Around that time, BuRead full post »


I was ambivalent about the Stewart-Cramer showdown.


Throughout the interview, the two men were on different wavelengths. Cramer never understood the nature of Stewart's criticism. He thought he was being attacked for making bad calls when, in fact, Stewart was attacking him for participa… Read full post »