Monthly Archives: March 2018

Happy Birthday to the Spawn!

Twenty-one years ago today, Mrs. M and I made a trip across the river from Fort Thomas, KY to Bethesda Oak Hospital in Cincinnati. That evening, after having to wait a bit because the obstetrician was caught in traffic (Turns … Continue reading

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Cemetery Semiotics

My family’s religious heritage is Presbyterian. My dad’s side of the family has been Presbyterian probably since John Knox, and my mom, aunt, and grandmother eventually found the denomination suitable as well. I’m actually ordained as an Elder in the … Continue reading

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Deen Kogan, R.I.P.

Ms. Deen Kogan, who along with Lou Boxer has been a driving force behind NoirCon, has died at the age of 87. She and her husband Jay founded Philadelphia’s Society Hill Playhouse a few years before I was born, and … Continue reading

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Saturday Evening Potpourri: Minipalooza Edition

I’ve been grading papers from my freshpeeps last night and today, and have about a dozen or so left. I’m letting the CPU in my head reboot for a while, and I may tackle a few more tonight, or leave … Continue reading

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Toying With a Drum Solo

Not from me… from Mike Portnoy. Mr. Portnoy is a drummer generally associated with the progressive rock and heavy metal scenes, having burst onto the scene with Dream Theater, a band known for having more chops than a karate dojo. … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner and the Prof’s Pet Peeve

Anyone in my line of work will find some quirks, solecisms, or barbarisms more irritating than others. The particulars vary from writer to writer and from teacher to teacher, but we all have some little thing or things that will … Continue reading

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Not that he should take it as a challenge…

… but Donald Trump may not be the biggest whackjob in DC.

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Saturday Potpourri: St. Patrick’s and Basketball Edition

I had meant to grade papers today, but the online system is down for maintenance until later today, and well, that’s when the Kentucky game starts, so, well… *** I’ll cheerfully agree that Marvel has dominated the comic-book movie realm … Continue reading

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Lenten Devotional, 15 March 18

This is my second contribution to this year’s Lenten Devotional series from the college. You may find the other devotionals here. Psalm 107 (KJV) 1 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let the redeemed of the Lord say so, … Continue reading

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Going Home and Coming Home: Spring Break Potpourri

It’s back to the classroom tomorrow, but it’s been a pleasant enough week, so here we go… *** Wednesday morning I took command of Mrs. M’s vehicle (a/k/a “the good car”) and headed west (“the direction of change, the biggest … Continue reading

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