Monthly Archives: September 2009

Remembering

My Aunt Isabelle died this past weekend, and I’ve been thinking of her and touching base with Margaret and my relatives as circumstances permit. She was the eldest of my mother’s three sisters, a lovely, strong woman, a beloved mother … Continue reading

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Reach For Your Fountain Pens

Both Umberto Eco and Arthur Krystal have recently published columns that portend well for writers who use fountain pens. While I don’t agree that ballpoints are intrinsically without soul, style, and personality, I think that the characteristics of ballpoints (the … Continue reading

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Pride Goeth

or something like that.   Last night when I got home from the office, I was fiddling with some of the settings on my computer and the DSL router to make the wireless connection work (I had hitherto been connecting … Continue reading

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Back In The Saddle

Yesterday’s Historical Jesus seminar went so well, and the news that my home broadband connection would be up was so welcome, that I sailed through the day on a cloud of elation. I was so buoyant that I forgot that … Continue reading

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Headlines

Class went pretty well on Monday — so far as I can tell — especially since it was a ninety-minute rapid-fire monologue covering the history of Israel from David to the Mishnah, with twenty minutes or so reserved for varieties … Continue reading

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Glasgow And Me

People keep asking, “What’s it like in Glasgow?” and “How are you doing?” The short answers are “Lovely” and “Doing all right”; the long answer to both is, “It’s more complicated than that.”   Glasgow first: Magpies instead of crows … Continue reading

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Status Quaestionis

It’s been a very busy week. I have to prepare two and a half syllabuses for course systems that I don’t know from the inside, for courses I’ve never taught before (well, I’ve taught Historical Jesus several times, but not … Continue reading

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Glasgow, Represent!

Hoedown from Rodeo from Eleanor Stewart on Vimeo.   (Eleanor Stewart of the Glasgow School of Art; hat tip to Pippa)   Plus, the Rangers tied at Stuttgart in the Champions League last night.

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I’m Gonna Let You Finish

because I’m very busy at work, and offline at home. Connectivity was promised for today, but so far without success.

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Oh, Right

I was aware that my students this year would be younger — mostly second-year undergraduates — and was thinking about my courses with that in view. What I hadn’t remembered was what that implied about the pitch of campus life. … Continue reading

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Temporarily Out of Action

In the “too good to be true” category, my flat’s broadband connection didn’t last; it disappeared while I was at church. My work day is already full, so for the time being all I have time to do is point … Continue reading

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Tell Me About Your Week

It seems impossible that I’ve been in Glasgow less than a week. If old age speeds time up, perhaps we can counteract that effect by moving from familiar surroundings to strange new cities, every week or two. On the other … Continue reading

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