Category Archives: Musings After Midnight

Birthdays, Logistics, and Deathdays

I had my birthday on Thursday, another one, for which I’m thankful. (Thanks for the messages.) If I hadn’t, this piece wouldn’t be written. I’m not yet ready for death. Someone found it strange that one of my common morning … Continue reading

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Life and Death and One Second After

It’s been not the best summer in my Louisville. Most people I know in this town are associated with Bellarmine, and in the summer I don’t see them as often. I don’t receive as much invigorating interaction with students. It’s … Continue reading

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Eurovision 2009

I was listening to the BBC World Service tonight while reading. They ran a little segment on the very popular Eurovision song contest. One of the great things about modern life is that I can quickly see most of the … Continue reading

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The Stockdale Paradox

It’s not a secret that I think very highly of heroic women and men. One of my favorite posts is Medals and Goodness, about medals, virtue, and evil. From time to time I read tales of Carnegie Hero Medal award … Continue reading

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JFK’s Portrait

About a month ago, political analyst Chuck Todd spoke on MSNBC. To paraphrase, he noted that “you go into the homes of Central Valley (CA) Latinos and you’ll see two portraits on the wall: one of the Pope and the … Continue reading

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The Advantages of the Post

I adore letters. Next to a big check, the best thing I can see in my mailbox is a handwritten address and stamp from someone I correspond with. Letter writing is in strong decline nowadays, according to the statistics and … Continue reading

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Vulnerability

One of the good things about being a professor, I always say, is that professors are allowed to be quirky.  Expected, even.  To explore, to sort through what hasn’t previously been discovered or categorized, takes me out of the typical … Continue reading

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Million Dollar Free Throw

(Written on March 5) For those of you that don’t follow college basketball, Butler University in Indianapolis has a good men’s basketball team this year. They are good enough to receive a non-automatic bid into the tournament, even though their … Continue reading

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Tenure Track

I signed a tenure track offer! I’m going to stay at Bellarmine. I withdrew from the selection process at other places. In the course of four weeks, I had official visits at seven schools, starting in Kentucky and travelling 13,000 … Continue reading

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Hearts

How’s the new job? Well, it’s good. I’m an Instructor in the Department of Mathematics. It’s full-time, limited term, which makes me a real Faculty member for the first time. I get my own office, though as the new and … Continue reading

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