Category Archives: Literature

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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A View from the Desert

Four years ago today, I said the following: In the end, they’re politicians. You’re more than a vote, more than a member of Team Red or Team Blue, more than a client of the state and more than a subject … Continue reading

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I’ve Never Been a Gatsby Fan…

… not least because I think it’s one of those books (like many other high school standards) that yields enough on first reading not to warrant subsequent ones. But every once in a while, it does resonate: A stout, middle-aged … Continue reading

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Once More to Poetry Corner

I’ve mentioned my fondness for Gerard Manley Hopkins’s work in the past, that he’s a poet I once found almost incomprehensible, but whose work brings me pleasure and wisdom that grows with subsequent readings. He can be hard work to … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, 2020

Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? With all the ugliness this year has offered, and with the unceasing drumbeat of anger, fear, and self-righteousness that surrounds us in our polarized culture, it’s hard to remember that even now, there are … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Potpourri: Playing Catch-Up Edition

Mrs. M and I spent the afternoon helping some friends clear out their apartment. Unfortunately, the presence of stairs renders me less useful than I might otherwise be (which admittedly isn’t much to begin with, but is even less with … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Double Nickels Edition

So at a few minutes before five this morning Mondoville time, I started another trip around the sun. Unfortunately, the weekend hasn’t gone as I might have hoped — I’ve been laid up with a kidney infection since Friday, and … Continue reading

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Who Remembers Sermonette?

Those of us of a certain age will remember that TV and radio stations weren’t always 24/7 enterprises. Typically, a station would begin and end its broadcast day with the National Anthem, and many of them would offer a sermonette … Continue reading

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Sunday Night Potpourri: Thank You, Mask Man Edition

(If you don’t recognize the allusion. . . well, take it away, Mr. Bruce.) *** As I mentioned on the Book of Faces yesterday, I drove up to Greenville yesterday to donate some platelets. I had planned to swing by … Continue reading

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