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The Rising Frequency of Goodbyes

A friend of mine from my first grad school days (and the wife of one of my closest friends from undergrad) died this morning, a few months after having been diagnosed with cancer. She leaves my abovementioned friend and their … Continue reading

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Advent Devotional — 4 Dec 18

Once again, the college has asked members of our campus community to write devotionals for each day of the Advent season. The format is simple — an assigned reading from Scripture, followed by a few thoughts and a prayer. Here’s … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: The Quiet of A Sunday Night Edition

The week has been hectic, with multiple meetings to go along with the usual load of teaching and grading. I have a fresh crop of student work coming in later this week, and Gradeapalooza begins with Thanksgiving week. But here … Continue reading

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Scene on a Patio

Because the Mid-Century Mondohaus is in fact mid-century (constructed ca. 1964), much of the back of our home includes sliding glass doors. We may lead the county in steel rods wedged into sliding door tracks as security devices, but one … Continue reading

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QotD: No More Heroes Edition

One of the things of which I’m proud is my defense of free expression at my job, as when I suggested that the faculty endorse a version of the U of Chicago’s statement on same. As a teacher and as … Continue reading

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Bad News from an Old Hometown

I learned last night that a high school classmate and former bandmate, Kevin Black, was found dead at his home yesterday. Details are sketchy — apparently he had complained of respiratory issues earlier in the week, but had not seen … Continue reading

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Some Words from Northrop Frye

I find these particularly valuable in our current age. It would be easy to compile a long list of […] determinisms in criticism, all of them, whether Marxist, Thomist, liberal-humanist, neo-Classical, Freudian, Jungian, or existentialist, substituting a critical attitude for … Continue reading

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