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About profmondo

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

Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: “Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die” Edition

I’m in the office, doing a bit of planning for the week’s classes. But of course, that’s always a good incentive to do something else, so here we are. *** I’ve noticed in the past that I seem in many … Continue reading

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Counting Blessings

I’ve said before that my sense of humor is so dark it veers into the ultraviolet. As is often the case, I think it’s a counterweight to the fact that I’m a melancholic sort most of the time, with a … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: So Many Pants Edition

Tomorrow is Day One of the spring semester. I’ve taken care of syllabusiness, and all that remains is for me to get up at stupid o’clock tomorrow morning after nearly two months of my natural rhythm (typically going to bed … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Absent-Minded Edition

The new term starts in eight days, so I’m poking at syllabi this afternoon instead of watching the Bengals play the Bills. I’m sitting in my office recliner, and a couple of minutes ago I realized that I’m wearing mismatched … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Potpourri: Wild Card Edition

I’m watching my erstwhile home team, the Cincinnati Bengals, in the first round of the playoffs. I’ve only watched a few NFL games this season — my tastes run more toward the college game these days, and have for years. … Continue reading

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It’s The Principle of the Thing

I had a new experience the other day. For the first time since my return to creative writing, I earned royalties for a short story. Specifically, I received an amount proportionate to the number of words my “One of Us … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: A Swing by Shropshire

I’ve mentioned before that the 1951 “Mid-Century [combined] Edition” of Louis Untermeyer’s Modern American and Modern English Poetry was a formative text in my life. In 1971 or ’72, my dad handed me the book, which he or some other … Continue reading

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Encouraging Words

“We respond to enthusiasm.” — Robert Fripp, on The Great Deceiver I’ve mentioned before that I’ve been a writer all my literate life, and was making stuff up — songs and stories — even before then. So I’m comfortable in … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Potpourri: Back Home Edition

Yesterday concluded my impromptu chauffeur duties as I schlepped home from Terpville. The traffic itself wasn’t too bad, and even flowed pretty smoothly through the 95 meatgrinder south of DC. However, conditions were rainy and misty throughout, which again made … Continue reading

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And Suddenly, A Road Trip

Greetings from Terpville, and I wasn’t expecting it either. You’ll recall that the Spawn and Squeeze came to the Mid-Century Mondohaus for Yuletide cheer, and it was good. Except… … They flew Southwest, so not only was their return flight … Continue reading

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