7 posts

Mardi Gras: Lean into Lent

It was the first Mardi Gras after Katrina and, we did not know at the time, our last before heading to Penn State. Our departmental staff assistant had a house right on St. Charles and so we joined our colleagues there every year for the parades. One little girl was lifted up on the shoulders of our department head to give her a better view and access to beads. She is now 17 and we […]

John William McKenzie Brady – Mack, the best boy ever.

Those of you who have been following on Facebook and elsewhere, and we are overwhelmed with the love and support we have received, know that our beautiful boy is gone. We are doing as well as can be expected, with expressions of love and support coming from around the globe. (Thank you to whomever posted the note on the Agade listserv.) Even my old undergraduate advisor Gary Rendsburg called this evening. I am too weary […]

Read to your kids and keep an eye on them too…

If you have ever come across a comic you do not understand you need to visit “Comics I Don’t Understand” by Bill Bickel. He also runs a blog called Crimeweek. This week his two worlds combined. I will not re-post all of it (respect copyright, etc.) but I have the beginning and the conclusion, with which I concur wholeheartedly. By all means visit his site(s). “I put this on your kid…” August 5th, 2008 Last […]

Children’s Stories – The Chronicles of Prydain

As I mentioned a week or so ago, John Hobbins has organized a group of us to comment on children’s books that were influential on or immensely enjoyed by us. It is hard for me to decide. It might surprise some that although I knew the Chronicles of Narnia quite well I don’t remember reading them as a child. I recently read them to my daughter but I cannot capture what they were like for […]

Testing out WordPress 2.5 posting features

There are a ton of new posting features in WP 2.5. The interface for composing is extremely comprehensive and works just fine in BonEcho (Firefox) for Mac. Some of the new features are around the handling of media, including being able to upload more than one image at once. It works like a treat. Just select a group of photos and it starts uploading! They go straight into another new feature, the “gallery.” You can […]