Quotation Monday: Dwight D. Eisenhower

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, […]

The Lost Painting

I finished “The Lost Painting” on Friday. Toby, are you still reading it? (Good to hear the design stuff is keeping you busy by the way). The book follows the discovery of a Caravaggio painting entitled “The Taking of Christ” (among other names). It was a great escape every night from the hectic pace of […]

Hard @ Work Music Thursday

I suppose I shouldn’t call these entries “Music Thursday” anymore, since I don’t seem to be hitting it on Thursdays too much these days.  However, I did upload all of these songs on Thursday, so there’s a spirit of Thursday-ness about them.  I’ve been busy lately, as I seem to have had a lot of new […]

YouTube Friday — Doll Face

An followup to last week’s Jan Svankmajer short with concurrent themes.


Just a quick post to say that June approaches, and we have June 15-17 as the weekend for you all to come up to the lake, if you are interested and able. Everyone is invited. Let us know what might work for you. Or let us know if you can’t make it, so we can […]

Spring Poetry Post

Before National Poetry Month wanes entirely, here is another spring poem. This one is by D.A. Powell, author of Tea, Lunch, and Cocktails. sprig of lilac —for Haines Eason in a week you could watch me crumble to smut: spent hues spent perfumes. dust upon the lapel where a moment I rested yes, the moths […]

YouTube Friday — Darkness/Light/Darkness

Brilliant work from Jan Svankmajer. This is long (over seven minutes) but stay with it. He is a master. I highly recommend his movies.

ushmm + Google Earth

I don’t know how many of you have seen this already, but I think it lines up with previous conversations we’ve seen on the blog since it’s inception: http://www.ushmm.org/googleearth/

What’s going on with Apis mellifera?


Quotation Monday — Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

From a January 1, 2007 New York Times op-ed, Folly’s Antidote.  This is Schlesinger’s last published word on history before his death on February 28. Sometimes, when I am particularly depressed, I ascribe our behavior to stupidity — the stupidity of our leadership, the stupidity of our culture. Three decades ago, we suffered defeat in […]

Poetry Post

It IS National Poetry Month, so I shouldn’t let it get away without a current Poetry Post. This one from fellow Kansan Albert Goldbarth, who teaches at Wichita State University and who is the only poet to have twice won the National Book Critics Circle Award in Poetry. This poem is from the “new” section […]

A Week of Thursdays: Day 5

  I received quite a few links to video performances at SXSW this year in my inbox.  Keeping up the faith for music this week, I am passing them on for your enjoyment/approval.  Watching these makes me with I lived in J.E. and Liz’s pink bathroom.  At least, it’s theirs for the next couple of […]

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YouTube Friday — First!

Do I feel ashamed of myself? Defiantly. I’m I doing Satan’s work? Yes. I think y’all could learn something from this guy. (Watch out kiddies, we got a little “language” here.)

A Week of Thursdays: Day 4

Today’s entry is stolen wholesale.  My friend, Jon, created a mix tape over his summer break (he’s a history teacher).  It’s been on constant rotation, so I thought I’d share a compilation I admire.  Jon also has a very large beard. Jon’s Spring Break Fruits 01 Deer Hunter | Tape Hiss Orchard 02 Grizzly Bear […]