Monthly Archives: February 2016

Red Flags

The Northern Kentucky suburb in which I grew up was, at the time, middle class — or perhaps more accurately, working class with middle-class aspirations. Our neighbors included teachers, factory workers, secretaries, car salesmen and grocers — a mix of … Continue reading

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A Valentine’s Day Sampler

Seems like a nice way to package some potpourri, I think. First of all, it is in fact Valentine’s Day, and I’m conventional enough to want to recognize Mrs. M, who has been the part of me that I didn’t … Continue reading

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The Road to Surfdom

I’ve previously mentioned that my circle of friends includes surf-rock guitar ace Ivan Pongracic, Jr. In his previous band (the Space Cossacks) and his current outfit (the Madeira), Ivan has staked a place as one of the top players and writers … Continue reading

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Epicycles

Once upon a time, back in the days of the Ptolemaic understanding of the universe, astronomers had to account for what they saw as irregular motions of the sun, moon, and observable planets. Most notably, there was a phenomenon known … Continue reading

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Like a Politician’s Promises…

… It’s a bunch of Bosch, claiming to be a Garden of Earthly Delights. Of course, we’re talking about Hieronymus Bosch’s famous triptych (painted ca. 1490-1510), which is on display at the Prado, where it has been for decades. Even before I became … Continue reading

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“Clock Strikes Twelve, Moon Drops Burst”

That’s the opening line of one of my favorite songs*, Blue Oyster Cult’s “Astronomy.” And speaking of astronomy and the practitioners thereof, I’ve previously mentioned my de facto niece Marina Dunn, who is studying astronomy at the U of Arizona. Well, … Continue reading

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“Here Is God’s Plenty”

The title of this post is a quote from John Dryden, writing of Chaucer. While not everything Dryden wrote about G.C. was accurate, this is pretty close. When I teach Chaucer to my kids, I make a point of talking … Continue reading

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Mens insana in corpore sano?

A Chicago TV station reports that at Oral Roberts U in Tulsa, freshpeeps are now required to wear Fitbits — those little devices that monitor activity levels, heart rates, and such. The school will collect the data, and the results … Continue reading

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The Cutest Little Apex Predator

The Hound of the Basketballs is in late middle age for her breed — she’s a 10-year-old Boston Terrier. Her primary hobbies include sleeping, hanging out with Mrs. M, and cadging treats from passersby, which is why she’s basically a … Continue reading

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