The Role of Art. Music, and Theatre in Life

Hello from the study, Yesterday I had the opportunity to speak with a former student, someone who cared for Lydia after I first left Wisconsin and someone I admire for so many reasons. She was shy and unsure of herself when I first met her in that freshman writing class, but she is now anContinue reading “The Role of Art. Music, and Theatre in Life”

Words and the Ethical Dimension of Power

Hello from my study, Another day, more time in front of the computer. More time on the phone. More time on text messaging, and more time trying to manage the needs on both sides of this remote equation. It is sometimes comical and simultaneously touching. It is sometimes tiring and overwhelming; and sometimes it isContinue reading “Words and the Ethical Dimension of Power”

Being Thankful

Hello from my kitchen in the morning, Hard to believe it is already Wednesday of our break. Harder to believe it is almost the end of November; and perhaps hardest of all to come to terms with we are finishing the second decade of a new millennium. I was speaking with Al, the person inContinue reading “Being Thankful”

Trying to Make Sense of Our Illogical World

Hello after a quick trip to Cape Charles and “Life on the Half Shell” and now weeks beyond, It is the end of the Bloomburg Fair week and Anton has had the week off of school. He has become a fair aficionado, but I guess that is something he can always take back to Denmark.Continue reading “Trying to Make Sense of Our Illogical World”

What to Do: the Sharp Side of the Doubled-Edged Sword

Hello on my first full weekend in Krakow, Yesterday (Friday, the 28th) was the first day that I have not had to some home and jump in a shower from the heat since I arrived in Europe. Last week I was in Moscow on the hottest day they had on record in June since 1956.Continue reading “What to Do: the Sharp Side of the Doubled-Edged Sword”

Gratefulness 40 Years in the Making

Cześć w chłodniejszy poranek z Krakowa, What I have said is “hello on a cooler morning” from the sort of intellectual capital of Poland, the former capitol city, Kraków. It is actually by 7th time to this city of a little over a million people. With sites like Wawel Castle, the picture at the topContinue reading “Gratefulness 40 Years in the Making”

“Thy Spirit Lift Another Throng . . .”

Hello on an early morning from my office, The past week I have been in my office to work by 6:30 most mornings, but it still feels like there is more to do than the time to do it. That is a normal part of a semester as we zoom toward a finish and itContinue reading ““Thy Spirit Lift Another Throng . . .””

REO, Starship, Fleetwood Mac and Memories of Holling Hall

Hello from my front porch, It is a beautiful day in North central PA, and after a morning of meetings with students and grading, I am taking a break to enjoy my porch. I did some initial flower planting of Hyacinth bulbs, and now I am waiting for the UPS delivery and for a formerContinue reading “REO, Starship, Fleetwood Mac and Memories of Holling Hall”

Prayers Answered

Hello from Costa on ulica Karmelicka, It is always interesting to return to somewhere you have been before. The change in perception that occurs from familiarity is a difficult thing to quantify, and if the return is more than once, understanding the changes that occur go beyond mere perception to emotion. I think of howContinue reading “Prayers Answered”

More than a Dirt Nap

Hello from my office on a Friday afternoon, Between meetings and a couple of other things (including grading), I am considering some things in light of my Bible as Literature course and wanted to write. This past week, my Bible as Literature student have asked interesting and thoughtful questions about life (and beyond), and whileContinue reading “More than a Dirt Nap”