Category Archives: Pixel-stained Wretchery

Sunday Evening Potpourri: B’con Recap Edition

I’m home, after a few days with some of my favorite people — the crimefic writing and reading community. It was the return of Bouchercon, live and in person for the first time since The Before Times. This year’s version … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Pre-B’con Edition (Also, the Prof Loses His Dinner)

Because of the combination of Labor Day and my departure to Minneapolis this week, I’m only teaching on Tuesday this week, though I do have some grading to do. But how better to procrastinate about grading than to write a … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Preschool Edition

Tomorrow marks the launch of my twentieth year here in Mondoville. We’re welcoming our largest entering class ever, putting our total enrollment at around 1,300 — also a new high. When I started here, we were at about half that; … Continue reading

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Goldengrove Unleaves Once More

The body of my friend, former bandmate, and occasional commenter here at the blog Dennis Cossens, was discovered by his landlord today in Cincinnati, a few weeks before what would have been his 55th birthday. Dennis was a diabetic since … Continue reading

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THIS JUST IN: Bouchercon 2022 Update

Flash! Good evening Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea! Although I was late in registering for this year’s B’con (at the lovely Minneapolis Hilton), the wonderful folks at the organizing committee (looking at you, SKM!) have … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon Potpourri: Prose and Cons Edition

I’m relaxing in the office this afternoon, having just offered up a pint at the local blood drive. Mrs. M is doing some shopping, and both of us are starting to think about the approach of the new school year. … Continue reading

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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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In Which the Prof Is Handed the Lost Chords

In the early 1980s, when I was a music-obsessed teen (as opposed to my current status as a music-obsessed, middle-aged man), I would listen to the radio late at night. This was before what I’ve come to think of as … 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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