Author Archives: profmondo

About profmondo

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

Mom’s Birthday

My mother was born 75 years ago today. She endured more than many people do in our society, and while some of those things bent and scarred her — as life bends and scars us all — they never broke … Continue reading

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Friday Potpourri: Rental Cars, Fictioneering, and Mrs. M Has a Birthday

So it’s early Friday evening, on the cusp of Gradeapalooza, which begins in earnest this coming week. But that doesn’t mean there’s been a lull… *** As I had mentioned recently, I was scheduled to read at last night’s Noir … Continue reading

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Lenten Devotion — 11 April 19

Here at Newberry, various members of the campus community are invited to contribute to devotional series during Advent and Lent. The format is simple: There is a passage from Scripture, a consideration of the text, and a brief prayer. I … Continue reading

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Lenten Devotional — 10 April 19

Here at Newberry, various members of the campus community are invited to contribute to devotional series during Advent and Lent. The format is simple: There is a passage from Scripture, a consideration of the text, and a brief prayer. I … Continue reading

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For Your Consideration

I think I’ve said before that one of my favorite quotes from literature is the famous passage from Nelson Algren‘s A Walk on the Wild Side: “Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom’s. … Continue reading

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In Which the Spawn Collects Some Hardware

This afternoon was the Mondoville Humanities Department’s celebration of our students, with awards going to outstanding students in History, Spanish, and English. Regrettably, we have more amazing students than we have awards, so some of our kids wind up getting … Continue reading

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The Inside of My Head Is Random-Access

Today on Twitter, a former student of mine who teaches in a high school reported that she heard a student singing, “I’ve got twelve pounds of crack up my asshoooooole.” Unfortunately for me, my brain works the way it does, … Continue reading

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