Category Archives: Research

Gradual poaching

I had originally intended this post to be a commentary of sorts in response to Cathy Day’s essay yesterday in The Millions, “The Story Problem: 10 Thoughts on Academia’s Novel Crisis.” Her observations about the way creative writing programs are … Continue reading

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Bertha of Kent: The Historical Record

I’ve been meaning to compose an entry about Bertha of Kent probably for as long as I’ve had this blog. That’s going on four years. Just goes to show you, hell hath no highway department like good intentions. Bertha intrigues … Continue reading

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I can see clearly now*

I can see again! After four years of steadily (and noticeably) deteriorating eyesight, I finally hauled myself down to the optometrist for an eye exam. I already knew that my vision had gone from bad to worse – not being … Continue reading

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“Only the cave knows the truth from the lies”*

Yesterday, during an adventure to the Roanoke farmers’ market, my son and I went into a shop that specializes in outdoorsy-type activities (hiking, camping, etc.). While he was checking out their hats, I found a display with maps and guides … Continue reading

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The persistence of habit

It’s ridiculous how long I’ve let this blog languish, un-updated. Last time I posted it was to talk about fall in the Blue Ridge; now summer is hard upon us (after one of the worst winters in memory – I … Continue reading

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I know I left them somewhere around here

I really need to be more industrious about sketching out story ideas when they come to me, either as a rough outline or a few sentences summarizing the idea. I’ve got 3 stories-in-progress sitting on my hard drive that I … Continue reading

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Here we are again

Goodness, it’s been a while. I seem to have this habit of only posting here during the late summer and fall. Perhaps, now that I’m through with grad school (for the next few years, at least), I can break myself … Continue reading

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“O hushed October morning mild / Begin the hours of this day slow / Make the day seem to us less brief”*

Monday’s presentation went very well, in my opinion. The president seemed appropriately impressed with the manuscripts that had been brought out (he even picked up a magnifying glass to examine the text on the Latin & French RSB) and, while … Continue reading

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Octoberfest

So much for posting here every week. Maybe I should set my sights lower — say, once a month (instead of once a year).

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