Category Archives: Education

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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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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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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Tuesday Night Potpourri: Post-Gradeapalooza Edition

I turned my grades in this morning shortly before noon, and had lunch with my friend and sometimes bassist Justin. Tomorrow evening I’ll watch a Mondoville hoops doubleheader, but tonight I just thought I’d catch my breath and check in… … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Turkey Hash Edition

Well, not literally, but we are post-Thanksgiving, and once again, I found a great deal for which to be thankful, not least of all, your willingness to read my assorted meanderings. And since I’ve just graded a batch of papers, … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Time-Release Gradeapalooza Edition

The research papers started coming in earlier this week, and I’ll be receiving batches this week and next as well. So there’ll be a fair — or perhaps unfair — amount of grading in the next couple of weeks. Still, … Continue reading

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(Jacques Cousteau Voice) “Three Weeks Later…”

Yes, I’m still around. It’s Thursday night, I’m at home, and the rainy remnants of Hurricane Nicole are putting a literal damper on things. However, that’s supposed to clear out by tomorrow night, allowing for good football-watching conditions on Saturday … Continue reading

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