Category Archives: Culture

QotD: Uncomfortable Truth Edition

Although I’ve run across his name before, I’m really not familiar with the work of Fredrik deBoer. For all I know, he may advocate tearing down animal rescue shelters and replacing them with baby-punching factories (and if so, he should … Continue reading

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Monday Potpourri

I spent the early part of this afternoon doing some exercises from a book about writing, and as part of a goal-setting sequence, I decided I want to post at least ten times over the next thirty days. So here’s … Continue reading

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Steep Climbs and Flat Tires

A couple of weeks ago, Mrs. M’s mom took a nasty fall, breaking her shoulder to a degree that required reconstructive surgery. Afterwards, she was transported from Lost-in-the-Woods County to a convalescent center in Huntington, WV. As one might expect, … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri: Beneath the Saharan Dust Edition

As we move to the end of June, this weekend was supposed to have highs near 100 degrees. However, the Mighty Saharan Dust Cloud (TM pending) has served as a sort of parasol for the Carolinas and Gulf Coast, holding … Continue reading

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So Long, Jasmine

We lost the Hound of of the Basketballs yesterday. It wasn’t really a surprise — a recent visit to the vet had revealed a tumor and some other issues, and while a prescription of steroids might, in fact did, give … Continue reading

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Where I Am Today

Dr. Benjamin Spock, having achieved fame for his work as a pediatrician and author of child-rearing manuals, became politically active in the 1960s and 1970s, campaigning against nuclear weapons and the Vietnam war. He said, essentially, that he didn’t want … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri: Incongruities Edition

Yes, there are awful people in the world, doing horrible things to each other and to the civilization in which we live. Yes, there is a plague upon the land, and we don’t know when — or even if — … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: “Theirs Is Not Yours”

Like many people, I’ve spent the last couple of days in a dark space. Even a sense of humor as dark as mine can be fatigued, I guess. I find myself asking Wilfred Owen’s question at the conclusion of “Futility“: … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2020

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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Singing Them Dead Girl Blues

It’s a truism that mathematicians and theoretical physicists seem to peak young. Newton’s fundamental work was done in his twenties, as was Einstein’s greatest work. A lot of musical acts tend to do so as well. I don’t think it’s … Continue reading

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