Monthly Archives: August 2017

Killer Nashville? Killer!

My teaching semester began last Wednesday as I met my freshpeeps, and then I promptly loaded Mrs. M’s Kia and fled Mondoville for the Killer Nashville writer’s conference, in the Nashville suburb of Franklin, TN. The conference ran from Thursday … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Has a Staring Contest with the Sun

So today was the day the umbra came to Mondoville. While some folks traveled hundreds of miles to see the eclipse reach totality, Clan Mondo only had to take position in our driveway. The college’s football stadium is about 400 … Continue reading

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Gig Report: SolarFest

I put on my rock and roll shoes once again last night, loading my gear into the van for a run to Real City. We actually got an early start, as the media had warned us of heavy traffic for … Continue reading

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Busy, Busy, Busy…

But now it’s Saturday, and time for some potpourri, I think. *** Much of this week was occupied by faculty in-service meetings, which ate up Monday afternoon and all day Tuesday and Wednesday. A personal highlight for me was a … Continue reading

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Graham Rides Again, Again

I’m pleased to report that “The Birthmark and the Brand”, the latest adventure of my Western character Graham (and no, I don’t know if it’s his first or last name, although people he meets seem to assume it’s his last … Continue reading

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On an Amusement Park and Darker Pleasures

I’ve talked before about the ongoing horror show of heroin-related deaths in my old Northern KY stomping grounds. Last year, overdose deaths in the region exceeded traffic deaths by a 5:1 margin. Other, related ailments (e.g., Hep B and C) … Continue reading

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Deviant Drum Kits

If I earned more money, I’m pretty sure that in addition to my hoards collections of books and CDs, I’d likely accumulate drum sets as well. But while a collector of, say, guitars can find a wide variety of body styles … Continue reading

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“I Can Only Receive”

(Title source may be found here.) Depending on how you look at things, I may never have owned a brand new car (a term I always hear in my head with the inflection and cadence of a game-show host). Many … Continue reading

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Sayonara, Nakajima-San

Reports are that actor Haruo Nakajima has died at the age of 88. Here’s a picture of him: However, here he is in his most famous role (He’s the one in the middle): Yes, Mr. Nakajima was the original actor … Continue reading

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Camp on Wheels

I’ve mentioned in the past that I spend a lot of time listening to the Mondoville campus radio station. This means that I’ve heard the station’s limited selection of PSA’s way too often. In particular, I hear a spot for … Continue reading

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