Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

Thanksgiving, 2021

Mrs. M and I are relaxing in the den, while up in Terpville, the Spawn and Main Squeeze are heading up to the Squeeze’s family celebration. Later, the Mrs. and I will let a restaurant in Real City handle today’s … Continue reading

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Veterans’ Day Potpourri

It’s 7:30 p.m. as I start this post, but with the Standard Time sunset and an afternoon meeting, it feels much later in the day. But even though “the night cometh, when no man can work,” that doesn’t mean a … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Anniversary Weekend Edition

Thursday and Friday of this past week were Mondoville’s Fall Break, and I’m back in the classroom tomorrow. This afternoon, however, I’m in my office, and just finished re-reading Book I of Gulliver’s Travels in preparation for discussing it with … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Clearing My Head Edition

I’m caught up on grading until Tuesday morning, when my upper-levels take their midterm exam. I have writing to do this month, and I will, but not having those papers hanging over me lets me get my head cleared. . … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: 55 in the Rearview Edition

Today is the last day of my 55th trip around the sun. Shortly before I wake up tomorrow morning, I’ll hit 56. Eight years ago today, I was driving home to Mondoville after the conclusion of my brother’s trial, and … Continue reading

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Not the Spanish Inquisition, But…

. . . I wasn’t expecting to become a fashion influencer. I hate shopping for clothes. Hate, hate, hate it. This is because I don’t look good in them. (That doesn’t mean I look good out of clothes, mind you, … Continue reading

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Sunday Potpourri: I Married MacGyver Edition

It’s a mostly cloudy afternoon here in Mondoville — at least the portion I can see through my office window. I have some lesson planning to do, but thought I might as well check in here beforehand. *** I have … Continue reading

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Triple Play

Today marks the anniversary of three very cool things. On this date in 1977, one of my very favorite albums was released. Klaatu’s second album, Hope, was a proggy space opera, telling a story of interplanetary travel, racial hubris, and … Continue reading

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Labor Day Potpourri

I’m in my office, prepping a bit for a lecture on Milton’s Areopagitica tomorrow morning and continuing my efforts to find the setting on my office fridge that doesn’t freeze randomly selected beverages while leaving others as cold as they … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: New Year’s Eve in August

Tomorrow morning at 8:50, fully vaxxed and masked, I’ll begin my nineteenth year here at Mondoville, going face to face (mask to mask, anyway) with a class full of Freshpeeps for the first time since March of 2020. I have … Continue reading

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