Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

Vignette from the Smithsonian

While I was at the Air and Space Museum last week, I took in an exhibit about the early days of flight, using old footage and the like and accompanied by a newsreel-like voiceover. I sat in the darkened room … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Suggests Some Gardening

… No, not the sort that makes you sweat and have to wash your hands over and over and — wait. That’s just me? Fine. But here’s what I mean. In the last few days, a meme started going around the Book … Continue reading

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Potpourri: Mr. Mondo Goes to Washington

So, Clan Mondo went on another grad school scouting trip last week, setting out for College Park, MD, on Tuesday and returning home yesterday evening. Forthwith, a random recap, vaguely chronological in order. *** We got on the road about … Continue reading

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In Which the Prof Encounters the Paladin of the Lost Hour, and Is Content

One of the library science programs the Spawn is contemplating for grad school is the one at the U of Maryland — College Park, and as we did with the U of North Carolina at Chapel Hill last year, we’ll … Continue reading

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Independence Day, 2018

It’s quiet right now in Mondoville. In about three hours, Mrs. M and I will park at a strip mall a few blocks from the high school, where the annual fireworks display will originate. We went to the high school … Continue reading

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Poetry Corner: “It’s a Living” Edition

Last night, a former student of mine was talking on the Book of Faces about the fact (which she described as shameful) that teachers here in South Carolina don’t get paid a great deal. I mentioned that Mrs. M makes … Continue reading

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Losing A Great One

I just found out that Harlan Ellison has died. He marked his 84th birthday a month ago. Ellison was one of my favorite writers, and his work earned the respect and admiration of his peers. As much as anyone, he … Continue reading

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