The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
American composer Mary Rodgers was born on 11 January 1931 to composer Richard Rodgers and Dorothy Feiner. She attended Manhattan's Brearley School and studied music at Wellesley College.
As a composer of musicals and revues, her output included From A to Z (1960), Hot Spot (1963), The Madwoman of Central Park West (1979), The Mad Show (1966), Once Upon a Mattress (1959) and Working (1978).
She later became an author of children's books.
She was a member of the board of ASCAP, a director of the Rodgers and Hammerstein Organizaation and chairman of the Juilliard School of Music.
One of her five children was theatre composer Adam Guettel.
Mary Rodgers died on 26 June 2014, aged eighty-three.