Monthly Archives: May 2013

A Potpourri Daily Double

Gordon Gee, former president at Vandy and West Virginia U, currently heads up (The) Ohio State University. He finds himself in some uncomfortably warm water these days, thanks to a recording of some comments he made at an OSU athletic … Continue reading

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SFWA Cribs

Mrs. M and I have radically different tastes in entertainment, but we can find a few patches of common ground. For example, the occasional show on HGTV makes for a decent compromise — but not any of the DIY-home-improvement shows, … Continue reading

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My Time as a Fellow Traveler: A Brief Memoir

One of my first serious relationships took place when I was doing my M.A., a couple of girlfriends before Mrs. M. She was a lefty, rebelling against wealthy parents and her prior membership in what amounted to a high school … Continue reading

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Update from an Old Alma Mater

Not quite two months back, I mentioned that there had been some tension at the school where I had done my first two years of undergrad, and that a significant portion of it revolved around tenure issues. Apparently it’s worse … Continue reading

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Memorial Day

For Sgt. James Michial Moore, USA, KIA, Vietnam, and those before and after. And once again: Archibald MacLeish was an ambulance driver and artilleryman in World War I, and his brother, a naval aviator, was killed in 1918. This poem … Continue reading

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How Twigs Get Bent: Klop…

I’ve previously mentioned my love of comics, which I inherited from my dad and passed to the Spawn. My dad would go to the local drugstore each week and buy one of every title in the spinner rack — typically … Continue reading

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About Six Hours North of Here…

…Lies the city of Roanoke, VA. I presented a paper up there once at a conference, and thought it was a pretty interesting city. Roanoke is home to one of Mondoville’s sister colleges and a remarkably cool old hotel.  It’s … Continue reading

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Three Score and Ten

My dad would have been seventy today. He was actually born about 34 miles from here, and he was amused by the fact that I ended up back in this area. “It’s kind of nice that some of the old … Continue reading

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Purity of Essence

Those kooky right-wingers are at it again, this time in a manner that has become sheer cliche. It seems that by a 3:2 margin, they’ve voted to reject water fluoridation in the crypto-Bircher enclave of… Portland, Oregon. Steven Dubois of … Continue reading

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QotD: Definition Edition

Today’s QotD comes from J.D. Tuccille at Reason, who has observed that some Connecticut pols believe the feds should pay to have Sandy Hook Elementary demolished and rebuilt, because Congress didn’t pass more stringent gun laws in the shooting’s aftermath. … Continue reading

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