Monthly Archives: May 2019

Once Upon A Time in “The Next ‘Next Athens'”…

A couple of days ago, Jeff “Flesh Hammer” Walls of the Woggles died of pulmonary hypertension. Readers of this blog are well aware of my fondness for the Woggles, but prior to his stint in that group, Walls played guitar … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2019

Once again, we remember. For Sgt. James Michial Moore, USA, KIA, Vietnam, and those before and after. Archibald MacLeish was an ambulance driver and artilleryman in World War I, and his brother, a naval aviator, was killed in 1918. This poem appeared … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri: Random Reads Edition

We’re having our first brutally hot spell of the year, with the highs on the verge of cracking the three-digit mark and skies the approximate color of a swimming pool liner. This is expected to continue at least until late … Continue reading

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Mutual of Mondoville’s Wild Kingdom?

I’ve mentioned before that small town life in a largely rural state means occasional encounters with Nature’s Rich Pageant, from the occasional groups of deer that wander into my yard from a nearby stand of woods to the birds that … Continue reading

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Dad’s Birthday, 2019

“Let whoever can win glory before death. When a warrior is gone, that will be his best and only bulwark.” — Beowulf (tr. Seamus Heaney), 1397-9. Wish you were here, Dad. But I’m giving you one of the few gifts … Continue reading

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Monday Potpourri: Grand Council Edition

So I’ve had lunch, and in a little while I need to make a grocery run and perhaps get a walk in. But meanwhile… *** Things didn’t go as I would have hoped at the old ball yard on Friday, … Continue reading

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Friday Potpourri: The Grand Old Game Edition

I’ll be spending a large chunk of this afternoon and evening at Mondoville’s baseball stadium, as we’re hosting a regional round of the NCAA Division II baseball tournament — the first time that has happened in the college’s history. It’s … Continue reading

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Put the Kettle (Drum) On…

I decided that I was a drummer well before I had any drums. Indeed, when I was in fourth grade and some of us were invited to start doing instrumental music, I was given a choice between clarinet and trombone. … Continue reading

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Tuesday Suppertime Potpourri

As I was eating lunch this morning, I noticed a box containing “Ginger Honey Crystals.” The Spawn had bought them, as she is fond of herbal teas and such. All well and good, as far as I’m concerned — it’s … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Potpourri

I’m listening to The Band performing “Life Is A Carnival” as the Hound of the Basketballs snoozes one chair over. Later this afternoon, the Spawn and I will deliver the Main Squeeze to the Real City Airport in time to … Continue reading

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