Category Archives: Culture

Toying With a Drum Solo

Not from me… from Mike Portnoy. Mr. Portnoy is a drummer generally associated with the progressive rock and heavy metal scenes, having burst onto the scene with Dream Theater, a band known for having more chops than a karate dojo. … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner and the Prof’s Pet Peeve

Anyone in my line of work will find some quirks, solecisms, or barbarisms more irritating than others. The particulars vary from writer to writer and from teacher to teacher, but we all have some little thing or things that will … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri: St. Patrick’s and Basketball Edition

I had meant to grade papers today, but the online system is down for maintenance until later today, and well, that’s when the Kentucky game starts, so, well… *** I’ll cheerfully agree that Marvel has dominated the comic-book movie realm … Continue reading

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Going Home and Coming Home: Spring Break Potpourri

It’s back to the classroom tomorrow, but it’s been a pleasant enough week, so here we go… *** Wednesday morning I took command of Mrs. M’s vehicle (a/k/a “the good car”) and headed west (“the direction of change, the biggest … Continue reading

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Lenten Devotional: 8 March 18

Members of the Newberry College community write devotionals during the seasons of Advent and Lent, and today is one of my turns to write. You may find the entire series at the Newberry College Facebook page. Genesis 9:8-17 Authorized (King James) … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon Potpourri: Spring Break Edition

Yeah, there’s stuff to grade, but I have other plans for the weekend. For example, there’s a men’s lacrosse game in about 90 minutes, and with most of the students gone, I thought I might go show the flag. But … Continue reading

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QotD: Lionel-Hearted Edition

Lionel Shriver was once known for writing We Need to Talk About Kevin, a 2011 novel in which a mother recounts her experiences with her son, a psychopath and school shooter. The book is good enough that my colleague David Rachels … Continue reading

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