Archive for February, 2009

Ash Wednesday

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

A few years ago I spent a semester reading the works of T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, and Robert Frost. Of all that I enjoyed that semester, I was most deeply touched by Eliot’s “Ash Wednesday.” It must be that his neurosis and mine are very similar. What I particularly like about “Ash Wednesday” is Eliot’s [...]

Lance, Levi, and Floyd

Friday, February 20th, 2009

All day long I had been thinking about seeing the cyclists in the Tour of California, but not being a fan of crowds, and knowing I would have to negotiate responsibilities, make adjustments in my schedule, and juggle a few things made it seem more trouble than it was worth. And yet, I couldn’t let [...]

I’m Gonna Get Medieval On You

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

It has been 28 days since my last post because I am buried in preparations for the new class I’m teaching, Medieval & Early Modern Civilizations, which historically covers an 1100 year period between the 5th and 16th centuries, and culturally covers Western Europe, the Byzantine East, Islamic Society, African Cultures, Central Asian Cultures, and [...]