Monthly Archives: March 2013

A Day of Celebrations

I think that one of the signs of growing older may be when Easter makes you happier than Christmas does. Since the murder of my parents, Christmas tends to leave me feeling more wistful than merry, as I find myself … Continue reading

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“Extra Credit”

It’s a variation on an old joke, but done with panache. A tip of the Mondo Mortarboard to Bob Gusky!

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Yes, I’m Still Here…

… but since the semester is heading into the home stretch, the distant rumblings of Gradeapalooza are audible, and so I must propitiate the paperwork demiurges ahead of time. However, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a tasty garage revival … Continue reading

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Social Constructs?

Smith College, of course, is one of the Seven Sisters, and the well known women’s college has a certain reputation for feminism and identity politics — alumnae include Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Sylvia Plath and Rachel Maddow. (An aside — … Continue reading

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Ou Sont les Neiges and All That (Demolition Edition)

The last eighteen hours or so have offered their small reminders of mortality a bit more thickly than usual. First of all, a Facebook friend posted a shot of the marquee of the suburban theater nearest my high school — … Continue reading

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Embracing the Shame

From the first time I read Cat’s Cradle (which I read because it provided the lyrics to a 70s prog song I liked a lot — I mention it in Broken Glass Waltzes [and did I mention it’s available for … Continue reading

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Joe Weider, R.I.P.

From his teenage years on, my dad was interested in weightlifting and body building (along with outdoorsy stuff, music, science fiction, and darned near anything else you could imagine. He never stopped, either — his fascination with virtually every field … Continue reading

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Why We Can’t Have Nice Things…

Sometimes things appear to be beautiful and a Really Good Idea until you actually commit to them, at which point you find that you’re in a world of danger and may not escape with your life, limbs or sanity. This … Continue reading

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Seasonal Anticipation

For the last few days, as the Spawn and I have traveled to and from Mondoville High, we’ve noticed the marquee at the Burger King, which sits across from the school. All week, it has informed us that the “Festival … Continue reading

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Two Data Points Do Not Make a Trend…

… but they do allow us to construct a line. Point one: Over at the Gormogons, Ghettoputer reports the following passage from his local school district’s recent budget presentation: “The educational paradigm has shifted from guaranteeing universal access to guaranteeing … Continue reading

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