Category Archives: Family

Monday Potpourri: Mind the Gap Edition

Having finally put Spring Semester away last week, I have a couple of weeks before taking up the cudgels for my customary summer courses. So here we are, and here we go. *** My ongoing dental issues are, well, ongoing. … Continue reading

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Goodbye to a Good Kid

A young woman’s life came to an end a few days ago. She deserved more time, and so did the people who loved and lost her, including her family – and mine. Tiffany and Emily met in elementary school, and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday to the Spawn!

With apologies to Mr. Block, my very favorite writer turns 24 today. Kid, I’m so proud of what you’ve done, of who you are, of how you’re growing, and of your capacity for passion and creativity. I’m looking forward to … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Gets Needled, and Thinks of His Great-Uncle

Yeah, I know, I know… but I haven’t given up on the blog yet. So I’ll get to it. This morning, I got my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine, having received the first one on 6 March. Both shots … Continue reading

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Sunday Evening Potpourri: I’m Around Here Somewhere Edition

Wow — almost a month, huh? Sorry about that. As I told the Spawn the other night, I’m writing thousands of words a week, but unfortunately they’re all for the online classes I’m teaching this term. But I haven’t forgotten … Continue reading

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Tuesday Afternoon Potpourri: Paternal Pride Edition

I used a hand sanitizer at the supermarket a while ago, and now my hands smell faintly of band-aids. But that’s not important right now. *** I’m pleased to report that the Spawn has made her professional bones. Her Appalachian … Continue reading

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Saturday Potpourri: A Pint Low Edition

I’m listening to the Green Pajamas this afternoon, wondering why I haven’t blogged of late. The answer is that I really haven’t had a great deal to say, but why should I let that stop me? *** I’m back in … Continue reading

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Meanwhile, in a Town Where I Used to Live…

Mrs. M, the Spawn, and I lived in Muncie, IN for 5 years while I did my Ph.D. and taught as contract faculty for a year before we moved to Mondoville. We largely confined ourselves to the area around the … Continue reading

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Honorifics Redux

In the first year of this blog, I addressed the issue of titles like “Doctor” and “Professor.” My viewpoint is basically the same now as it was then, but since I have picked up at least a few readers (I … Continue reading

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The Projector’s Clatter, The VCR’s Grain

A former student of mine tweeted today about what she sees as the oddity of ZIP codes that begin with a zero. (She’s from Out West, with little reason to mail things to New England.) I replied to her that … Continue reading

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