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December 30, 2022

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

As 2022 comes to a close, we must explore the mixed meanings which come from an interaction of old and new. This year, for a quirky, somewhat strange aside, we supply some quotes from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who explored the world through the voice of Sherlock Holmes. I hope that Holmes’s wisdom brings a smile to your face as you leave 2022 and embrace 2023.

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December 23, 2022

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Robert Frost was born in San Francisco in 1874. Frost, an American icon, was one of few poets who achieved celebrity status. As the first poet to read at a Presidential Inauguration, he set many standards for our nation. Focused on country life, he explored themes which include capitalism, man and nature. His poems often feature impressive imagery.

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October 29, 2021

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

When Gulliver travels to Brobdingnag, he describes many things with disgust. Therefore, it seems fitting, for a Halloween treat, to revisit some of Swift’s grotesque elements from the world of Brobdingnag. If you find this overly terrifying, keep in mind that Gulliver survives Brobdingnag and also that Swift revels in the hilarity of his tale (as do his readers).

 » Read more about: Swift’s Version of Grotesque  »

January 1, 2021

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

“It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new life for me, ooh, and I’m feeling good….” –Nina Simone

2020 has been a year of confusions. Of ups and downs. Though stability is always ephemeral, 2020 literally defined instability. I do not wish to catalog the complaints, but rather to reach into the new year embracing this cloak of darkness.

 » Read more about: Lexicon for a New Year  »

December 28, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

Heri za Kwanzaa means Happy Kwanzaa. Since Kwanzaa began on December 26, and since I know so little about the holiday, I thought that today was the perfect opportunity to learn about it. Also, due to the fact that I know so little about it, I would be happy for anyone to correct anything that I have posted. This post intends simply to touch the surface of the holiday.

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November 23, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

“Cookery is the most ancient of the arts, for Adam was born hungry.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

I love cooking and so, naturally, I love old cookbooks. The holidays present a perfect time to rummage through my cookbooks. I learn so much about culture just from these pages. I also enjoy the pamphlets and chapbooks that small entities publish,

 » Read more about: Holiday Menus  »

June 1, 2018

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

I know that Memorial Day 2018 already passed, but recently I have been rereading some of Standing Down, and felt the time was right for another moment of appreciation.

War inevitably involves great trauma and loss. As the following quotes demonstrate, wartime changes all races and peoples, ancient and modern. The world is not perfect,

 » Read more about: Post-Memorial  »

December 29, 2017

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

“Ring out the old, ring in the new, Ring, happy bells, across the snow; The year is going, let him go; Ring out the false, ring in the true.”  – Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Music for today’s post provided by Trio Mediaeval

I have heard of ringing in the new year. I have also heard of bringing in the new year.

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December 22, 2017

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

I have been busy wrapping presents. But I’ve also been wondering about some of the language that we casually throw around this time of year. So, in today’s post, I am going to compile a couple of terms and tell you what I learned about them. Perhaps the most important word of the season (noticeably missing from this list) is gratitude.

 » Read more about: Holiday Words  »

December 23, 2016

Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post.

We have just passed the 2016 Winter Solstice. The longest night and coldest temperatures often derive strong images of sadness or death. These are the days of greatest darkness, and yet, for all the dark, we also find hope for the coming of the light. Small cycles often represent much larger cycles, more difficult to coherently map out.

The larger picture includes,

 » Read more about: Winter Solstice  »

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