Monthly Archives: March 2017

In Which The Spawn Enters a New Demographic

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Spawn’s visible (and audible) entry into the life of Clan Mondo. Through a fortunate confluence of events, her class for today was cancelled, and she put in her regular Friday work hours yesterday, … Continue reading

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Frost Revisited

Some say the world will end in fire, Some say in ice. From what I’ve tasted of desire I hold with those who favor fire. But if it had to perish twice, I think I know enough of hate To … Continue reading

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For years, I’ve been among those who joke about books people buy, but never read, such as Stephen Hawking’s Brief History of Time or Umberto Eco’s Foucault’s Pendulum — books that occupy space on shelves or tables as social signals, totems of an … Continue reading

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Gig Report: Friday at the Soundbox

It was time for some observable Berries activity last night, as we were paying another visit to Simpsonville’s Soundbox Tavern. The 80% of the band who live in or near to Mondoville gathered at the studio at 7 p.m., and … Continue reading

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An Observation from a Percussing Professor

The classroom across the hall from mine has a faulty HVAC unit. While the unit still seems to fulfill its purpose, it’s pretty loud. Today, there’s a loud rattling emanating from that side of the room, sounding for all the world … Continue reading

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A Few Words from LB, and a Look at the Weekend

I’m pleased to report that the “Mountain Times” section of the Watauga Democrat  is sporting a chat with Lawrence Block about the decade’s finest collection of short fiction inspired by the work of Edward Hopper. Along the way he mentions an … Continue reading

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Lenten Devotional — 17 March 17

Longtime readers of the blog are aware that for several years, the college where I work has sponsored a series of Advent devotional messages, written by members of the campus community. I usually contribute a couple each year. Well, this … Continue reading

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QotD: Civitate Dei and the City of Man

I am not a Southern Baptist — never have been, and was not raised in that particular faith tradition. These days, I tend to refer to myself as an amateur Christian, both because I like the fact that that the … Continue reading

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Look Homeward, Mondo! Spring Break Potpourri

I’m back in Mondoville, having returned yesterday from a few days in the city of my birth. Things that happened… I drove to Nashville on Wednesday, with a stopover in Knoxville to have lunch with the Mad Dog at one … Continue reading

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Scattered and Covered for Me, Thanks

If you’ve spent much time in the South, Waffle House is as much a part of life as college football and oppressive humidity. This may be even more true for musicians, shift workers, drunks, college students, and other devotees of … Continue reading

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