Monthly Archives: June 2013

QotD: Forlorn Hope Edition

An ongoing theme at this blog deals with the challenges facing the liberal arts and humanities in the coming years. I’ve said on numerous occasions that I have serious qualms about recommending grad school in the humanities, even to my … Continue reading

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Ask and Ye Shall Receive: Fathers’ Day Edition

In my previous post, I mentioned that Mrs. M and the Spawn had found a Fathers’ Day card my dad made for my grandfather 55 years ago, and that the Spawn replicated her grandfather’s work for my Fathers’ Day card. … Continue reading

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Fathers’ Day

My trip to HeroesCon with the Spawn last week was my primary celebration of Fathers’ Day, but today did not pass without observation. Mrs. M and the Spawn went through batches of old photos and scanned a number of pictures, … Continue reading

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In Which the Spawn Observes a Flaw

A few minutes ago, the Spawn said, “You know something that annoyed me?” “There are things that don’t?” “Well, yeah, but I had a test where the last two choices were — in this order: D) None of the Above. … Continue reading

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Four Years Later

Yesterday was the fourth anniversary of my parents’ murder, and today is the fourth anniversary of when I got the news. Because the house was a crime scene, we were told that we should probably wait a couple of days … Continue reading

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Meeting Allison

I did something today that I haven’t done in quite a while. I held a 3-month-old baby, the daughter of two of my former students. She is a fine example of the breed — bright eyed and lovely, sufficiently small … Continue reading

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Sympathy for the Devil

Maria Bamford used to do a bit about a boyfriend who was “a musician, so you already know he’s sleazy.” Rock and rollers aren’t typically known as models of domestic stability, and of course, that’s part of their appeal in … Continue reading

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HeroesCon 2013: Day 2 Recap

After rousting the Spawn, feeding her pop-tarts and grabbing some brunch for myself in the form of a meatball sub, we strolled down to the con, which was quite busy. One interesting bit of business is that the Charlotte Convention … Continue reading

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HeroesCon 2013: Day 1 Recap

Although we went through the remaining fringes of Tropical Storm Andrea, the drive to Charlotte yesterday was pretty uneventful. Not so when he actually had to get to our hotel. A block or two of downtown is closed for some … Continue reading

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We’re Off You Know…

The Spawn and I are bound for Charlotte, NC for our annual trip to HeroesCon. With luck, this one will go more smoothly than last year’s trip. Updates will be posted as time permits. Meanwhile, some traveling music from my … Continue reading

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