Category Archives: Family

Sunday Evening Potpourri: A Time to Gather Stones Together

I got back to Mondoville about three and a half hours ago, after seeing old friends and saying goodbye to another one. At 8 a.m. Friday, Mrs. M ferried me out to pick up a rented Hyundai Elantra, and I … Continue reading

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Thursday Potpourri: Summer-y Executions

Sorry for the radio silence — I’m teaching two summer courses in a new format that’s even more compressed than usual, so between getting ready and getting the info out there, I’ve been working like the proverbial one-armed paperhanger. But … Continue reading

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Memorial Day, 2022

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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Painful Synchronicities: Alan White, RIP

Several times recently I’ve mentioned the death of my friend James Kolasa. As this moment, my friend, Dr. William Harris, is playing what amounts to a memorial set to James on the radio station of the college where he works. … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Beginnings and Conclusions and Beginnings

Today would have my dad’s 79th birthday. During the penalty phase of my brother’s trial, I was asked about losing my parents. Of my father, I said that a son is supposed to admire his father, and that my dad … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Mother’s Day Edition

Happy Mother’s Day, gang! The Spawn is spending the afternoon with the Main Squeeze’s family up in Terpville, but spent nearly an hour chatting with Mrs. M yesterday afternoon, maintaining her record of being a Good Kid. And I hope … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon Potpourri: Bloggiversaries and Transitions Edition

This post marks 12 years of the blog’s existence. It started at the Mad Dog’s instigation (so now you know who should be blamed). Mike had killed our folks not quite a year earlier, and mentally, I was scrabbling about … Continue reading

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So Long, James.

James Kolasa, one of my best friends from my years in Lexington, died this morning. I can’t say it was out of a clear blue sky — he had been in failing health for some time, in fact longer than … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: “Tea Break’s Over, Back on Your Heads” Edition

(For the source of the subtitle, go here. For information about the album of a similar name, go here.) I’m in the office on a gorgeous afternoon, prepping a bit for classes, which resume tomorrow. I had planned to spend … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Selection Sunday Edition

My Spring Break began at noon on Friday, coinciding nicely with one of my favorite times in the sports year — the college basketball conference tourneys and the first weekend of March Madness. My beloved Kentucky Wildcats will find out … Continue reading

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