First Sunday of Advent

Today is the first Sunday of Advent, the first Sunday of the liturgical year, and to me, the first official day of the Christmas season, despite what the retailers tell us. The Candle of Hope will be lit with the requisite scripture readings and the oddly appealing mournful strains of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" … Continue reading First Sunday of Advent

Buy Nothing Day

One day of gluttony followed by another… It was a typical Thanksgiving, expressed by overindulging in those things for which we are supposedly giving thanks.  The result for me was a massive headache and turning in quite early. …And so we come to Friday, the day of shopping madness.  This morning’s Market Place on NPR … Continue reading Buy Nothing Day

The Information Packrat Syndrome

Some years ago I gave a presentation at a technology conference entitled ‘The Information Packrat Syndrome".  This presentation dealt with the many misuses and abuses of technology with students, particularly, particularly activities which involve gathering data for no apparent reason. Here’s an especially egregious example, one I’m guilty of using with my students.  Each child is given … Continue reading The Information Packrat Syndrome

Rachel may cheat, but so do Rutter and Handel

Tonight the Greenville Chorale, Greenville Symphony Orchestra, and Furman Children’s Chorus perform John Rutter’s “Mass of the Children”.  Also on the program is Handel’s “Dettingen Te Deum”. First a disclaimer:  This will be a wonderful concert.  Especially with the Rutter, the blend of beautiful melodies with children’s voices is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and … Continue reading Rachel may cheat, but so do Rutter and Handel

Rachel Ray Cheats

OK. She’s supposed to be able to whip up a nutritious meal in 30 minutes, BUT… What happens in those long commercial breaks? Methinks there is some alteration to the space-time continuum going on. Take this afternoon’s show, for example. Rachel is supposed to be whipping up something called Chicken Mug Pie, a variation on … Continue reading Rachel Ray Cheats

Homecoming 2004

I never left Furman.  I’ve got two and a half degrees from there, and it counts for half of my family income. I’ve seen and tracked the changes over time, with new buildings, new faces, and new atmospheres.  It’s amazing how one becomes so attached to a place, especially one where most people only spend … Continue reading Homecoming 2004


My only thought is that there are way too many stupid or delusional people in the United States right now, especially too many that are voting. We’re stuck with the Shrub for another four years, much to the chagrin of the world and 49.5% of the American people. Democrats lost just about every important race. … Continue reading Aftermath

Dia de los Muertos

November 1st – All Saints Day – Election Day Eve – End of Hurricane Season – Dia de los Muertos… …in some grand cosmic scheme of things each of these titles for this one day in this particular year seem to be interlocked.  I had planned an entry for each, but with timeliness at stake, … Continue reading Dia de los Muertos