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A Moan about a Meme

I fully realize that this is an odd thing to feel strongly about, particularly with all that is going on in the polis right now, but I really hate the latest viral meme that is making the rounds on Facebook (and perhaps elsewhere) in seemingly tireless iterations. You’ve seen the one I’m talking about: four…

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“I know the name”

I am, as many of you know, a whole-hearted embracer of social networking, or at least the version of it that happens on specially-designed websites dedicated to some aspect of that purpose. Facebook, LinkedIn, Academia.edu, even Goodreads: I’m on them all. I am remarkably diligent in scouring up persons from various eras of my life,…

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Unspreading

I attended a doctoral defense yesterday at my school. Ours is not a huge faculty, so there are less than a handful of these exciting events each school year. I try to make it to all of them that are in languages I can comprehend (so, the ones in English). After three years of this,…

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Will we have a farm?

My family and I have spent a beautiful weekend on a working “vacation farm” in rural New York. Growing up as I did in a almost-entirely agricultural region, the idea that city dwellers would pay good money to drive several hours out of the urban bustle so they can wake up early and feed some…

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Beginning to sit again

I still remember my first stories. Not every detail, not at all. But I remember that they happened, the circumstances, and how it felt to tell them, and that is the important part. I was quite young, seven or so. I had already dropped out of school, thanks to my perceptive and supportive parents, and…

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