Category Archives: Why I Do What I Do

Well, It’s International Lesbian Day…

… and since she’s been to the US, Canada, and the Bahamas, I guess she counts. So, a couple of years ago, the Spawn came down to the den, where I was reading or noodling around online. “Dad?” she said. … Continue reading

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Sunday Afternoon Potpourri: Aging and Sneezing Edition

I’m in my office, and just finished moving a bunch of CDs to an empty shelf. Well, not quite empty — turns out there was a fair amount of dust there, which accounts for the sneezing fit I had a few … Continue reading

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And This One Belongs to…

Marty Brennaman. The Cincinnati Reds’ Hall of Fame radio announcer called his last Reds game today; he’s retiring after 46 seasons behind the microphone. Unfortunately, the Reds couldn’t send him off with a win (and the opportunity to deploy his … Continue reading

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Six Years Ago…

It was also a Monday night, and as I write this, it is very nearly six years to the minute that the jury found my brother guilty of the murders of our parents, along with several associated crimes. I had … Continue reading

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Good (US)News at Mondoville

US News and World Report has released its annual rankings of colleges and universities, and while the usual suspects were in the usual places, I’m pleased to report that we’re doing just fine, and remain in a much better position … Continue reading

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Farewell to a Giant

David Bevington, one of the world’s leading scholars of early English drama, died on Friday, 2 Aug. He was 88 years old. While he is best known for his Shakespearean studies (I use his edition of the Complete Works for my classes, and … Continue reading

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In Which the Spawn Moves to Terpville

About an hour ago, Mrs. M and I concluded ten hours on the road, coming home from getting the Spawn settled in her new apartment on the fringe of the U of Maryland. I’ve showered, and thrown a load of … Continue reading

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