Monthly Archives: September 2019

Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Aging and Sneezing Edition

I’m in my office, and just finished moving a bunch of CDs to an empty shelf. Well, not quite empty — turns out there was a fair amount of dust there, which accounts for the sneezing fit I had a few … Continue reading

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And This One Belongs to…

Marty Brennaman. The Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame radio announcer called his last Reds game today; he’s retiring after 46 seasons behind the microphone. Unfortunately, the Reds couldn’t send him off with a win (and the opportunity to deploy his … Continue reading

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Six Years Ago…

It was also a Monday night, and as I write this, it is very nearly six years to the minute that the jury found my brother guilty of the murders of our parents, along with several associated crimes. I had … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Home Cooking Edition

Since it’s Sunday, I must be in my office, gearing up for the week. But I’m also needing to feed the blog monkey, so here we go. *** I can’t cook. I mean, I nuke prepared foods or throw a … Continue reading

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Paging Maxwell Edison… or Trini Lopez

As I suspect is the case at a lot of places, our office printer goes on the fritz from time to time. This morning was one such occasion, but a few minutes ago, the departmental administrative assistant informed us that … Continue reading

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An Observation from My Misspent Youth

A lot of folks in my mid-50s demographic (including the Mad Dog, who is a year older than I am for the next eleven days — give him some traffic, huh?) are bummed by the death of Cars frontman Ric … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Title TK Edition

In my office to do planning for the week, but what better way to put that off than by writing a blogpost? *** It was the home opener for the Mondoville footballers yesterday, and the Blocks and I went to … Continue reading

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Good (US)News at Mondoville

US News and World Report has released its annual rankings of colleges and universities, and while the usual suspects were in the usual places, I’m pleased to report that we’re doing just fine, and remain in a much better position … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Small Town Salutations Edition

I’m in my office, listening to Red Sovine and doing a bit of prep for the week (I’m showing a video to my History of the English Language class tomorrow, but sssshhhh! It’s a surprise!), but thought I might check … Continue reading

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God Bless Walter Mosley

Not just for his remarkable crime novels, but for this: I do not believe that it should be the object of our political culture to silence those things said that make some people uncomfortable. Of course I’m not talking about … Continue reading

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