Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

In Which the Prof is Peevish, Prescriptive, and Pedantic? Perhaps.

I guess we can file this under “signs of growing older,” but at this time of year, I find myself increasingly irritated by the use of gift as a verb. Yes, I know the OED traces this usage back to … Continue reading

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The Projector’s Clatter, The VCR’s Grain

A former student of mine tweeted today about what she sees as the oddity of ZIP codes that begin with a zero. (She’s from Out West, with little reason to mail things to New England.) I replied to her that … Continue reading

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Forty Years Later

This is the fortieth anniversary of the murder of John Lennon. I wouldn’t learn about it until the next morning, when I woke up to WEBN playing “#9 Dream”, followed by the morning DJ reporting the news. I was 15 … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving, 2020

Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? With all the ugliness this year has offered, and with the unceasing drumbeat of anger, fear, and self-righteousness that surrounds us in our polarized culture, it’s hard to remember that even now, there are … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri

Fall is edging into Mondoville. A few trees are coloring and the Japanese Camellia in out backyard is blooming. We’re looking at a cool and rainy week, but we may see some sun next weekend. Here’s hoping. *** One of … Continue reading

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Monday Morning Potpourri: Baby Gladiators Edition

The weekend was sufficiently gorgeous — sunny, highs in the 60s, with that golden afternoon light I love so much — that I spent a portion of it sitting on the back patio reading, even though there was a Kentucky … Continue reading

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Friday Potpourri: 27 Years Edition

Mrs. M and I have been married for 27 years as of today. We’ve built careers, raised an awesome kid, won, lost, and done the other parts of life through it all. That’s worth celebrating, I think. I know I’m … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Double Nickels Edition

So at a few minutes before five this morning Mondoville time, I started another trip around the sun. Unfortunately, the weekend hasn’t gone as I might have hoped — I’ve been laid up with a kidney infection since Friday, and … Continue reading

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Tuesday Afternoon Potpourri: Falling Sensation Edition

Welcome to autumn. Today is what the season is supposed to look like in this part of the world, although it’ll be a while before most of the leaves turn. The temperature is around 70 degrees and the afternoon light … Continue reading

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“Oh, Telephone Line, Give Me Some Time…”

(For the source of the title, go here.) As I was scanning the Book of Faces this evening, I saw that a former student had posted this (Rough language): I chuckled, of course, being of the appropriate demographic. In fact, … Continue reading

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