Garage Archaeology!

In clearing out my mother’s house, I moved from her garage to ours several long-buried boxes of, um, let’s call them cultural artifacts from my adolescence and very early adulthood. Major finds included books (including…

Voices From the Civil War

Two new books just arrived, research fodder for a class paper I’m writing on archaeological excavations done at Johnson’s Island military prison. The Johnson’s Island site covers a 16.5-acre Civil War-era military prison camp on…

A New Planner (Or, 2021 Here I Come)

A couple posts ago I talked about my planner, and how I’m ecologically against buying a new partly plastic planner every year when my refillable leather planner folio has been going strong for 30 years…

Work in Progress

A batch of sunflowers volunteered in the flowerpot by our front door, and I feel very much like this bloom. I’m not yet fully formed, but I’m on my way. It’s been a meandering journey…

College School Supplies Haul!

The cool people who make college student life vlogs always do these big “school supplies haul” videos showing all the stuff they got for going back to school. I’ve watched a bunch over the years and…

Falstaff and the Making of an Opera Fan

In the bright and fearless days before COVID-19 shut everything down, I considered watching my first real opera. I thought I’d first try one of Verdi’s operas based on a Shakespeare play, Macbeth or Otello…