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Band of Brothers

For Memorial Day weekend… some sketchy family history — especially for the cousins I’m connected to on Facebook, including grandchildren of the soldier on the right. These two very handsome guys in uniform are my dad, Bob, on the left,

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Springtime Renewal

Perfect timing: I just noticed that I had not reinstalled the WordPress app on my phone after a system crash last month, that I hadn’t added a post to this blog in two months, and that the sun was going

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Klondike weather? Timely 100-year-old poetry

With the thermometer hitting record single digits here in Southwest Virginia, the weatherman threatening negative double-digits overnight, and a Facebook conversation getting me thinking of Robert W. Service, I went looking for my old LP  of Debby McClatchy singing a

Posted in Music, poetry, storytelling, weather, winter, youtube

February and Facebook

A confession: I’ve developed a Facebook habit and, with three other more-or-less active blogs, have neglected this one for months. Facebook is especially good for sharing things and starting conversations with far-off family, friends, neighbors, or interest groups. For me,

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November

Being thankful for a Thanksgiving week cold that had me at home around sunset on Tuesday,  even if I did miss a Radford Pizza House jam session because of it…

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Change

Why buy a house on top of a hill? This is where I do my kind of cloud computing. I would probably get more writing done if I lived at the bottom of the hill, or put the computer in

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Back to blogging

It has been nine years since I updated my “About Weblogs” backgrounder page, the first draft of which was a page on a now-defunct server for a class at Emerson College in 2000. The blogging server where I maintained that

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Have I been talking too much in class?

Jeanine Basinger’s five-week “Marriage in the Movies” online class at Coursera.org has wrapped up, and I had a great time… but I’m afraid I went overboard posting notes and links in the discussion forums. I’m calling it quits at 99

Posted in 2014, coursera, Education, film, media studies, MOOCs, movies, wesleyan

Another film course coming up… Marriage and the Movies

This should be fun. I’m enrolled in Wesleyan University’s latest Coursera “Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a film history course taught by the head of the film studies program at my alma mater. Listed below are the movies we’ll be watching and

Posted in 2014, Education, film, Internet, MOOCs, movies, popular culture, wesleyan

Making MOOC music in a second mode

My exploration of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continues with two music courses offered by the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I’ve completed a film history class and a communication science class, but slipped out the side door of

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