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Saturday Night Potpourri: Asymptomatic Edition

Like my colleagues here in Mondoville, I’ve gotten the ball rolling on the transition to online classes for the time being. By month’s end, we should have a better idea of whether we’re going to finish the term this way … Continue reading

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In Which the Spawn Moves to Terpville

About an hour ago, Mrs. M and I concluded ten hours on the road, coming home from getting the Spawn settled in her new apartment on the fringe of the U of Maryland. I’ve showered, and thrown a load of … Continue reading

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Ten Years Past the Big Noise

Tonight at about 11:30, my parents will have been dead for ten years. My brother has been incarcerated for nearly that long, serving what has become two life sentences without the possibility of parole when he was convicted of the … Continue reading

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We Interrupt this Gradeapalooza…

… To note that today marks my 8th bloggiversary. Eight years ago, my parents had been buried for ten months, and my brother had been charged with their murders for eight. These were the first things I thought of every … Continue reading

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Another Quiet Christmas Eve

This morning I was looking through the blog archives for some of my favorite Christmas songs, which led me to my older Christmas Eve posts. I noticed certain commonalities — apparently Christmas Eves have been rainy in Mondoville for much of … Continue reading

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Back to Mondoville and One Year After

Mrs. M’s father died last Thursday afternoon, and the burial was yesterday. He had been in seriously declining health since late spring, but it was still not entirely anticipated. He died peacefully at the age of 75, with his wife … Continue reading

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Well, That Was Eventful

2013, that is. I suppose it’s time to do one of those year-in-review things, and while I don’t mean for it to be one of those annoying Christmas letters that move from triumph to triumph, I guess I’ve got reasons … Continue reading

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Birthday Eve

I got back to Spackle Manor about an hour ago, which means I’ll turn four dozen in my own bed just before 5 tomorrow morning. I’m tired, sad, as contented as I could be with a situation with no possible … Continue reading

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Orientations and Disorientations

My summer term Brit Survey class is taking the final as I type this, and one young man has already told me this is his final college class — he has jumped through all the hoops. Meanwhile, kids are coming … Continue reading

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Glance in the Rearview, Look Down the Road

So the sun has set, and in about five hours, fireworks will flash above Mondoville’s main tourist attraction, and 2012 will go into the books. I’m sitting in the Spackle Manor living room, as garage rock plays on the computer … Continue reading

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