Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

Sunday Evening Potpourri: B’con Recap Edition

I’m home, after a few days with some of my favorite people — the crimefic writing and reading community. It was the return of Bouchercon, live and in person for the first time since The Before Times. This year’s version … Continue reading

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In Which Mrs. M Makes a Discovery

I spent the afternoon at my office and grabbed dinner at a local Mexican restaurant, and when I got home, Mrs. M was sitting in the living room, working on the coming week’s school stuff. I sat down with her … Continue reading

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Goldengrove Unleaves Once More

The body of my friend, former bandmate, and occasional commenter here at the blog Dennis Cossens, was discovered by his landlord today in Cincinnati, a few weeks before what would have been his 55th birthday. Dennis was a diabetic since … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Is Surfed and Turfed

Mrs. M and I made it back to Mondoville from Myrtle Beach this morning, having had to hurry back in time to return the rental car. There were moments of adventure, but the casualties were light. The Spawn and her … Continue reading

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Sunday Evening Potpourri: A Time to Gather Stones Together

I got back to Mondoville about three and a half hours ago, after seeing old friends and saying goodbye to another one. At 8 a.m. Friday, Mrs. M ferried me out to pick up a rented Hyundai Elantra, and I … Continue reading

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Painful Synchronicities: Alan White, RIP

Several times recently I’ve mentioned the death of my friend James Kolasa. As this moment, my friend, Dr. William Harris, is playing what amounts to a memorial set to James on the radio station of the college where he works. … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Beginnings and Conclusions and Beginnings

Today would have my dad’s 79th birthday. During the penalty phase of my brother’s trial, I was asked about losing my parents. Of my father, I said that a son is supposed to admire his father, and that my dad … Continue reading

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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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