Category Archives: Music

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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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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Forty Years Later

This is the fortieth anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. I wouldn’t learn about it until the next morning, when I woke up to WEBN playing “#9 Dream”, followed by the morning DJ reporting the news. I was 15 … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: “It’s the Big Heat”

As is the case with many buildings of a certain vintage, the campus building that holds my office has what is called a chiller/boiler heating and cooling system. In practice, this means that the building operates at two temperature settings: … 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

Fall is edging into Mondoville. A few trees are coloring and the Japanese Camellia in out backyard is blooming. We’re looking at a cool and rainy week, but we may see some sun next weekend. Here’s hoping. *** One of … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Potpourri: Baby Gladiators Edition

The weekend was sufficiently gorgeous — sunny, highs in the 60s, with that golden afternoon light I love so much — that I spent a portion of it sitting on the back patio reading, even though there was a Kentucky … Continue reading

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Friday Potpourri: 27 Years Edition

Mrs. M and I have been married for 27 years as of today. We’ve built careers, raised an awesome kid, won, lost, and done the other parts of life through it all. That’s worth celebrating, I think. I know I’m … Continue reading

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