Monthly Archives: December 2017

A Semi-Local Institution

One of the greatest one-hit wonders of the 60s was the frat-rock classic “Double Shot (of My Baby’s Love)” by the Swingin’ Medallions. Yeah, you know you want to sing along. (By the way, if anyone wants to give me … Continue reading

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Looking for Legs

As I continue adjusting to the notion of being a writer, I’ve become a little stressed of late. In particular, I find myself intimidated by distance. I’ve published a number of short stories in recent years, and I’m proud to … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Boxing Day, 2017 Edition

I’ve been up for about an hour, just long enough to see Mrs. M off to the Y, check the Book of Faces, and listen to a little music. Meanwhile… *** In my years in the magazine biz, I typically … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas, 2017

The weather for Christmas is cooperative by Mondoville standards — near 40 degrees, with a bit of windchill, but none of us are likely to leave the house, so that’s OK. I’m downstairs with Mrs. M and the Hound of … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Overthinks Still Another Thing

For no readily apparent reason, an old Rod Stewart hit popped into my head last night: Now the song in question is the outline of a planned seduction, a theme with considerable heritage, perhaps most memorably executed in Donne’s “The … Continue reading

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Choking Up

A friend of mine in the primary ed racket mentioned today that she was reading a story to some second graders, and had to call on kids to read it at a couple of points, because she had to stop … Continue reading

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Advent Devotional: 20 Dec 17

As in past years, members of the Newberry College community have composed devotionals for this Advent season. (For this year’s previous entries, you may look here.) Here’s mine:   Titus 2:11-14 (KJV) 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri: 16 Dec 17

Woke up to some hard news about half an hour ago, when I learned that one of my first students died last night. I taught Joey Couch at the University of Kentucky, and I wasn’t much older than my students … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Confesses a Dirty Yuletide Secret

Given that we’re well into Advent (and yes, there will be an Advent devotional coming next week — in the meantime, you can check out this year’s Mondoville crop here), it’s no surprise that I’m hearing both a lot of … Continue reading

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So Long, Pat DiNizio

I’ve mentioned my fondness for New Jersey power popsters the Smithereens on several occasions over the years, but I learned just a few minutes ago that the band’s vocalist and songwriter, Pat DiNizio, has died of unspecified causes. He was … Continue reading

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