Category Archives: Politics

Where I Am Today

Dr. Benjamin Spock, having achieved fame for his work as a pediatrician and author of child-rearing manuals, became politically active in the 1960s and 1970s, campaigning against nuclear weapons and the Vietnam war. He said, essentially, that he didn’t want … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: “Theirs Is Not Yours”

Like many people, I’ve spent the last couple of days in a dark space. Even a sense of humor as dark as mine can be fatigued, I guess. I find myself asking Wilfred Owen’s question at the conclusion of “Futility“: … Continue reading

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Hamming It Up

The Universe has been sending me signals in the last week or so, and I reckon I ought to acknowledge them. Almost every day, from the age of three until I was about 15, my lunch was as reliable as … Continue reading

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Thursday Potpourri: Home Again Edition

I got back home from Terpville yesterday evening, and got the finishing touches on my root canal this afternoon. The rest of this spring break week looks to be a time of grading and suchlike, but why not blog a … Continue reading

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The Big Noise Surfaces Unexpectedly

My former home state of Kentucky just had a change at the governor’s mansion, as Andy Beshear succeeded Matt Bevin. Bevin’s term in office was marked by controversy, bizarre statements, and what can only be described as demagoguery. Even his … Continue reading

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Kissing Hands and Shaking Babies…

… or maybe it’s the other way around. In any case, that’s going to be the Mad Dog‘s agenda in the coming months, as he has decided to run for county commissioner in his suburban Knoxville district. I suspect it … Continue reading

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Saturday Afternoon Potpourri: Ticking Clock Edition

The Spawn moves to Terpville this week. She begins classes late in August, but has an interview for an assistantship at the end of this week. Landing it would make a very big difference in her grad school experience (and … Continue reading

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