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About profmondo

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

Sic Transit Gloria Wednesday

Another piece of my college years disappeared today, or more accurately, last night. The Parkette Drive-In, a Lexington, KY landmark for 70 years, has announced its closure, effective immediately. As the saying goes, attention must be paid. The Parkette originated … Continue reading

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Sunday Evening Potpourri: A Time to Gather Stones Together

I got back to Mondoville about three and a half hours ago, after seeing old friends and saying goodbye to another one. At 8 a.m. Friday, Mrs. M ferried me out to pick up a rented Hyundai Elantra, and I … Continue reading

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Friday Potpourri: Adaptation Edition

I’m in the office this afternoon, having snarfed the last of the garlic bagels I bought in Real City over the weekend as an afternoon snack. The campus was fairly busy today, welcoming a chunk of this fall’s incoming freshpeeps. … Continue reading

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Thursday Potpourri: Summer-y Executions

Sorry for the radio silence — I’m teaching two summer courses in a new format that’s even more compressed than usual, so between getting ready and getting the info out there, I’ve been working like the proverbial one-armed paperhanger. But … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2022

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 on 14 October 1918. Kenneth … Continue reading

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Painful Synchronicities: Alan White, RIP

Several times recently I’ve mentioned the death of my friend James Kolasa. As this moment, my friend, Dr. William Harris, is playing what amounts to a memorial set to James on the radio station of the college where he works. … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Beginnings and Conclusions and Beginnings

Today would have my dad’s 79th birthday. During the penalty phase of my brother’s trial, I was asked about losing my parents. Of my father, I said that a son is supposed to admire his father, and that my dad … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Is Handed the Lost Chords

In the early 1980s, when I was a music-obsessed teen (as opposed to my current status as a music-obsessed, middle-aged man), I would listen to the radio late at night. This was before what I’ve come to think of as … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Mother’s Day Edition

Happy Mother’s Day, gang! The Spawn is spending the afternoon with the Main Squeeze’s family up in Terpville, but spent nearly an hour chatting with Mrs. M yesterday afternoon, maintaining her record of being a Good Kid. And I hope … Continue reading

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Sucker Bets

… and the odds will not improve. This is part of why I tell my students to seek anything but an academic career, unless they genuinely can’t conceive of doing anything else. On the upside, I got a short story … Continue reading

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