Category Archives: work in progress

“You can’t talk, and you can’t tell the truth,” Eileen said. “What can you do?”

 “You said hello to me in the hallway today,” I told David, “and that’s the first time in my year of working here that you’ve greeted me of your own volition.”   “You never say hi to me,” David said.   “I’d … Continue reading

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“Bobbie had to try laughing out the other side of his mouth then, and had to be sat on before he would stop playing the clown.”

With lots of help from a friend, I’ve finally figured out the problem staring me in the face with Of the North. In scientific terms it’s “lack of the human element” which meant the story was more about the accidents … Continue reading

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“Polybius observed that deisidaimonia — fear and respect for the supernatural — held the Roman state together.”

(Roman Religion, Valerie Warrior) I think it may be time to talk a little more about the Vestal Virgin story. I’ve mentioned it here on account of reading books for it, but not enough to really give an idea of … Continue reading

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Calm before the storm

Crown is (counting today) four days away! Olivia’s new garb is still very much in progress, and we have to make bread. Sunday is Joel’s and JP’s combined senior recital; Monday and Tuesday I plan to write like mad as … Continue reading

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Last things

Tonight’s our last concert of the season, and the last concert (for the foreseeable future) at which the motley crew will be complete. In addition to a lot of pieces premiering, we’re doing Brahms’ Academic Festival Overture. For good or … Continue reading

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Liberty and other useful fictions

Er, so much for consistency in blogging. I have been writing a lot lately (Camp NaNo stats are up to 16,000 words, and I don’t count blog posts). The biggest priority has been the paper on Hume and whether he … Continue reading

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“Hello there! Slow going?”

(“Look, I don’t mean to be rude, but this isn’t as easy as it looks, so I’d appreciate it if you wouldn’t distract me.”) At the beginning of this week, with a snowstorm outside and all of Spring Break ahead … Continue reading

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