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Barking for Beans: How to Be A Better Person

My dog, Tim, has the bad habit of barking whenever he goes outside. It doesn't really even matter if there is something to bark at. He just has to announce, rather loudly, his presence in the world.  To get his... Continue Reading →

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Like a Detective: How to Read and David Adams Richards’s “Principles to Live By.”

Once while at university, I got an essay back from a professor that I was particularly pleased with.  So pleased, that I can't even remember what the thing was about.  But I do remember that the grade was not what... Continue Reading →

 Iphigenia: Feminist Freedom Fighter of Ancient Greece

Someday I might ask you for advice.  There will be some circumstance that I can't really change but I will want a work around.  Inevitably,  you will give me sound counsel - telling me to bend my will to necessity.... Continue Reading →

Dante’s Resolution Run

A Winter’s Tale in Winter: Knowing Like a Lover Does

Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale begins with a familiar plot device, best friends divided because one person mistakingly believes that the other has betrayed him by sleeping with his partner. A number of highjinks follow until friend one realizes his mistake... Continue Reading →

Bearing a Burden: Dante Wants to Carry Your Bags

As much as Dante's Divine Comedy is about the power of romantic love (as it is for the sake of Beatrice that Dante is willing to go through all of the terror of Inferno and the arduous climb of Purgatory),... Continue Reading →

Dreaming With Dante

It is a well known fact that I am not a morning person. Waking up is bad; being woken up is evil - which is to say, it makes me evil.  This is not an exaggeration.  I no longer will... Continue Reading →

Tim: BFFs and the Philosopher King

Today while I was cleaning up the rest of the leaves in advance of a predicted snow squall, Tim decided that we were actually playing a game - a delightful game that involved him launching his 113 pounds at my... Continue Reading →

Falling Leaves and “Of Mice and Men”

Today all the leaves got undressed in our yard and expected me to pick up after them.  And let me tell you, it looked like those trees had invited their friends and relatives to do the same - a variable... Continue Reading →

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