To Laborers on Labor Day

September 1st, 2014 → 6:04 am

“I am a true laborer; I earn that I eat,
get that I wear, owe no man hate,
envy no man’s happiness, glad of other men’s good,
content with my harm.”  – As You Like It

We should all be so lucky…

(Note: “harm” here means the burdens of life.)

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New Beginnings

August 26th, 2014 → 8:05 am

“O brave new world,
That has such people in ‘t!”  – The Tempest

The new term begins at the university this week.  And we have record enrollment this year.  Here’s to a new semester and great new students!

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Mo’ne Davis

August 21st, 2014 → 7:37 am

“A maid
That paragons description and wild fame;
One that excels the quirks of blazoning [fastballs].”  – Othello

A 13 year old girl on the cover of Sports Illustrated.  The first female to throw a shutout in a Little League World Series game. Only the 18th female to play in the Little League World Series in its 68 year history.  I love it!  You go girl.

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Baby Tries to Enter the White House

August 8th, 2014 → 8:02 am

“My salad days,
When I was green in judgement.”  – Antony and Cleopatra

An escaped baby squeezed through the White House fences and breached security last night.  Secret Service had to hunt him down.  The police issued a statement that they want to question the child, but that they’ll have to wait until he learns how to talk.  🙂

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The Worst of Times?

August 3rd, 2014 → 5:47 am

“The worst is not
So long as we can say ‘This is the worst.'”  – King Lear

I’ve been seeing a lot of angst-ridden commentary as to whether this is one of the “worst” times right now.  Worst conflict in the Middle East, worst political leadership ever, worst economy in decades.  Things do seem bad, in some ways, but then I tend to think they always do, to every generation.  It’s a little narcissistic of us to really thing now things are the worst.  Relax – things really could be even worse.

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August 1

August 1st, 2014 → 7:55 am

“The summer’s flower is to the summer sweet.” – Sonnet 94

Let the dog days of summer begin!  (Note: I’ve always thought that the phrase “dog days of summer” sounded like something Shakespeare would have coined – but, alas, he did not.)  I can’t believe it’s August already.  Where has the time gone?!?

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Vacation Time

July 23rd, 2014 → 7:55 am

“Pleasure and action make the hours seem short.” – Othello

I’ve just returned from vacation and boy did the time go fast.  I can’t believe how much happened in the world while I was gone (but more on that later)!  Now it’s back to work and, I imagine, time returning to normal.

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Napping Fan

July 9th, 2014 → 7:46 am

“I have an exposition of sleep come upon me.” – A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A fan fell asleep during a Yankees game and was caught on camera.  I guess he’s now suing due to the embarrassment of it.  Too funny.

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One’s Own Home

July 6th, 2014 → 7:11 am

“An ill-favoured thing, sir, but mine own.” – As You Like It

I love my house to death, but we’re thinking of selling it to move into a better school district for my son.  Our real estate agent came by and pointed out all the things that are wrong with our house.  *sigh*  It was difficult to hear such criticism, however true!

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100 Year Anniversary of Ferdinand’s Assassination

June 28th, 2014 → 7:05 am

“More are men’s ends marked than their lives before.
The setting sun, and music at the close,
As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last,
Writ in remembrance more than things long past.”  – Richard II

100 years ago today Archduke Francis Ferdinand was assassinated, and the world slid into its first World War.  It is humbling to look back on it now; the horror, the uninevitability of it, the profound waste.  There is a world that existed before June 28, 1914, and a rather different world that was borne after it.

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