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“This Is A Recording…”

Leaving a teaching post mid-year means adjustments all ’round. Because most of us gaze at our navels or our own reflections more than looking outward, we notice the changes and challenges of our own circumstances before we look for collateral damage. Guilty as charged. I unhung the walls, de-booked the shelves, wrote off the desk. … Continue reading

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DP: Beware the Ides of… Routine

What are you more comfortable with — routine and planning, or laissez-faire spontaneity?  Julius Caesar behaved according to routine. Disregarding the prophetic warnings and his wife’s bloody nightmare, he remained confident in his supremacy as Rome’s emperor and the fawning love of a fickle people. As planned, to the Senate he went. And we all know what … Continue reading

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“Let Them Eat Cake!”

After finishing Freedom (a lovely Christmas present), Jonathan Franzen’s name remained on my reading radar. Browsing in a glorious bookshop in DC, Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe & Grill, I found a collection of his essays entitled How to Be Alone.  I tend to lose touch with the limits of my pocketbook whenever I walk into a bookstore, so of course … Continue reading