Category Archives: Literature

Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Next Stop, Gradeapalooza!

It’s been a pretty quiet weekend, but that’s the calm before the storm of incoming research papers — from the Freshpeeps tomorrow, and my upper-levels on Tuesday. Meanwhile, it’s a cool, lovely autumn afternoon here in Mondoville, so why not … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Day Potpourri

It’s 7:30 p.m. as I start this post, but with the Standard Time sunset and an afternoon meeting, it feels much later in the day. But even though “the night cometh, when no man can work,” that doesn’t mean a … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Anniversary Weekend Edition

Thursday and Friday of this past week were Mondoville’s Fall Break, and I’m back in the classroom tomorrow. This afternoon, however, I’m in my office, and just finished re-reading Book I of Gulliver’s Travels in preparation for discussing it with … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Clearing My Head Edition

I’m caught up on grading until Tuesday morning, when my upper-levels take their midterm exam. I have writing to do this month, and I will, but not having those papers hanging over me lets me get my head cleared. . … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: 55 in the Rearview Edition

Today is the last day of my 55th trip around the sun. Shortly before I wake up tomorrow morning, I’ll hit 56. Eight years ago today, I was driving home to Mondoville after the conclusion of my brother’s trial, and … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: I Married MacGyver Edition

It’s a mostly cloudy afternoon here in Mondoville — at least the portion I can see through my office window. I have some lesson planning to do, but thought I might as well check in here beforehand. *** I have … Continue reading

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Labor Day Potpourri

I’m in my office, prepping a bit for a lecture on Milton’s Areopagitica tomorrow morning and continuing my efforts to find the setting on my office fridge that doesn’t freeze randomly selected beverages while leaving others as cold as they … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: New Year’s Eve in August

Tomorrow morning at 8:50, fully vaxxed and masked, I’ll begin my nineteenth year here at Mondoville, going face to face (mask to mask, anyway) with a class full of Freshpeeps for the first time since March of 2020. I have … Continue reading

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Thursday Morning Potpourri: Arrivals and Departures

I still have a little tweaking to do on my syllabus, mostly in the form of replacing old boilerplate with new — although the underlying policies may not change a great deal, the phrasings do, and in order to placate … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Not Quite New Year’s Eve, Reading, and Fictioneering

The first bunch of students — the football team — arrived on campus yesterday, and I think I saw some more new arrivals as I walked into my office this afternoon. Classes start in a couple of weeks, and I … Continue reading

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