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About profmondo

Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."

Vignette from the Smithsonian

While I was at the Air and Space Museum last week, I took in an exhibit about the early days of flight, using old footage and the like and accompanied by a newsreel-like voiceover. I sat in the darkened room … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Suggests Some Gardening

… No, not the sort that makes you sweat and have to wash your hands over and over and — wait. That’s just me? Fine. But here’s what I mean. In the last few days, a meme started going around the Book … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Revising and Extending Edition

I don’t remember how old I was (probably a pre-teen, because I seem to associate the memory with Nashville) when I discovered that the Congressional Record was something other than what I had been told it was — a verbatim record … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Mr. Mondo Goes to Washington

So, Clan Mondo went on another grad school scouting trip last week, setting out for College Park, MD, on Tuesday and returning home yesterday evening. Forthwith, a random recap, vaguely chronological in order. *** We got on the road about … Continue reading

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Scattered, Smothered, and Wedded

Mondoville is a small Southern town, and the foci of our community are the places a lot of these towns have in common: churches, youth sports, Wal-Mart (where Mrs. M and I may as well hold office hours, so likely … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri: The War On Squirrels Edition

We’ve reached the time of year where I can take a comfortable shower without turning on the hot water, but it’s reasonably cool here in the downstairs, so why not deal out some potpourri? *** I spent the afternoon in … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Encounters the Paladin of the Lost Hour, and Is Content

One of the library science programs the Spawn is contemplating for grad school is the one at the U of Maryland — College Park, and as we did with the U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last year, we’ll … Continue reading

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