Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

Sucker Bets

… and the odds will not improve. This is part of why I tell my students to seek anything but an academic career, unless they genuinely can’t conceive of doing anything else. On the upside, I got a short story … 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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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Home Stretch Edition

We have two weeks of class left this semester, followed by finals, with Commencement on 14 May. It’ll be the first one I’ve attended in a couple of years, as the college attempted to reduce indoor crowds during the height … 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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Adventures in Colloquialism

I was e-mailing with an editor (not to be confused with Anne Elk — Miss) this morning about a story of mine that’s coming out this fall. The subject was copy edits, necessary and/or suggested. I’m always glad to get … Continue reading

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Happy Easter, 2022

As I posted on social media this morning: When I was young, Christmas was my favorite holiday, and I grew to love the unlikeliness of God in the manger. As I am older and have learned of loss, I have … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Oh, the Humanities Edition

As usual, I’m in my office, and there are certainly worse places to be. I spent much of the afternoon working on a devotion for the college’s observation of Lent. I’ll share it in a week or so. Meanwhile… *** … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: “Tea Break’s Over, Back on Your Heads” Edition

(For the source of the subtitle, go here. For information about the album of a similar name, go here.) I’m in the office on a gorgeous afternoon, prepping a bit for classes, which resume tomorrow. I had planned to spend … Continue reading

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More News from an Old Hometown

Although I haven’t lived in Union, KY since 1987, my parents lived there for almost 31 years, from August of 1978 until they were murdered in June, 2009. Dad was the mayor from 1983 to 2003, when he finally said … Continue reading

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Boxing Day Update…

So I cleaned up the Christmas dinner a little while ago. Let me explain. After yesterday’s post, the turkey was in the oven and Clan Mondo (with Special Guest Star The Main Squeeze) was kicking back. Mrs. M was watching … Continue reading

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