Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you all have a great one. Sorry you’re not all arriving up here in the cold and snow this evening for a night of Asian food before we have the usual feast on Thanksgiving Day. Tradition looms large in memory.


Oh the long tradition. Much regret we are not gathering together. Many good wishes and gratitude to all of you on this Thanksgiving. A lot to be thankful for this year. A raised glass to you.

Election Day

A piece of Walt Whitman on this historic day:   From 1884   If I should need to name, O Western World, your powerfulest scene and show,   ‘Twould not be you, Niagara – nor you, ye limitless prairies – nor your huge rifts of canyons, Colorado,   Nor you, Yosemite – nor Yellowstone, with […]

Frightening Project

Ned, thanks for the quick examples of your take on the frightening theme.  About two weeks ago I started digging through my art from college because I had a hankering to start in on my work again.  I hadn’t looked at my work since college in many cases, and was surprised by what I thought […]

Music in the Second Monday

Thought I’d share a few tracks from the Fleet Foxes album that came out recently.  J.E. came to my mind when I saw the Bruegel image used on the cover.  Speaking of J.E., hope your busy season goes well, sir! 01 | White Winter Hymnal 02 | Quiet Houses 03 | Your Protector 04 | […]

End of September Listening

  01 Sigur Ros | Gobbledigook02 David Byrne & Brian Eno | Home

Protected: May a Cull Paw or Who Cares if it’s Not Thursday

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Clara Francine

My apologies for not posting this sooner.  A couple of things have prompted my long absence from the blog 1) the getting ready for, the birth of, and resulting lack of sleep from Ms. Clara Francine 2) I took a week off work and I’ve been working double for a while now (although things are […]


I have to say that I wish we were all excitedly posting and commenting on this site about gathering for Thanksgiving. I know our lives are all at a distance and that there are many factors that mean the tradition has ended. We had a pretty tremendous ten-year run. And last year, I greatly enjoyed […]

In Rainbows

If you haven’t all by now downloaded Radiohead’s new album, In Rainbows, I highly recommend you do so. You can find it on Radiohead’s web site and download it for as much or as little money as you think it’s worth. Admittedly I gave all of two British pounds, which comes to about $5. It’s […]


I have been contemplating this place and time in life–being 33. It is an interesting but hard to define stage. I have particularly been trying to explore the concept of the Jesus Year, as Jesus was supposedly 33 for the bulk of his ministry, betrayal, and death. The concept is that by the age of […]

The Ivory Tower

I’m writing this post from my new office at Macalester College. It feels right now rather incredible to be here, even just for one semester, teaching one class. And it’s exciting and a little daunting to have an office in the department and the building where I used to take classes myself, meet with professors […]

First Tuesday of Novemeber

“It’s election day.  Help me.” Alright, here’s a little ditty to help things go a little smoother today.  Humorous…and at the same time makes me realize that on this day, more than any other, I want to be on something. Direct from our friend Lyle Lovett: Election Day. From My Baby Don’t Tolerate. He’s looking […]

One week…

Looking forward to Kansas City and heading south where, presumably, it hasn’t snowed several times already. I wish I could say that were true for Minnesota. Tradition dictates that we will see a movie over the weekend, and tradition also dictates that we discuss in advance what movie we will watch. My vote goes to […]