Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

Friday Potpourri: Rental Cars, Fictioneering, and Mrs. M Has a Birthday

So it’s early Friday evening, on the cusp of Gradeapalooza, which begins in earnest this coming week. But that doesn’t mean there’s been a lull… *** As I had mentioned recently, I was scheduled to read at last night’s Noir … Continue reading

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In Which the Spawn Collects Some Hardware

This afternoon was the Mondoville Humanities Department’s celebration of our students, with awards going to outstanding students in History, Spanish, and English. Regrettably, we have more amazing students than we have awards, so some of our kids wind up getting … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: Mr. Blue Sky Edition

After a seemingly interminable series of gray/rainy weekends, things have been gorgeous in Mondoville this weekend, so naturally, I’m in my office gearing up for the coming week. But there’s time for a bit of potpourri along the way, I … Continue reading

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Tuesday Evening Potpourri: Back in Town Edition

I’m back in Mondoville, having spent a couple of days in Atlanta at a conference examining key first-year courses, their role in determining the success or failure of a range of underrepresented students, and how we can improve those students’ … Continue reading

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Admissions Potpourri

Okay — blah blah side door blah blah open “roster spots” blah. Blah “real victims here” blah. Blah blah. *** I didn’t attend my first choice university when I graduated from high school. I was accepted by the U of … Continue reading

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So Long to a Legend

Hal Blaine, one of my drum heroes, died today, a little more than a month after celebrating his ninetieth birthday. He’s generally thought to have been the most recorded drummer in history. As St. Wiki observes: Blaine played on numerous … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: Carenen Edition

My friend Rowe Carenen (daughter of my former Mondoville colleague and current colleague in crimefic John Carenen) is a poet. As it happens, the other day she posted a copy of Margaret Atwood’s poem “The Moment” at the Book of … Continue reading

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