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Western Civilization Totters. We Have the Poems to Prove It.

Western Civilization is chock full of Serious Things. I’m taking a radical step, because it’s time for a break. It’s the end of a busy week packed with weighty, ponderous matters to consider. 472 more words

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A Tale of the Sea: Flotsam and Jetsam

The Walrus and the Carpenter were walking close at hand
They wept like anything to see such quantities of sand
“If this were only cleared away,” they said, “It…

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Signifying; Rhetorical Analysis at the Traffic Light

One of an ongoing series of posts about signs — sign posts.

I pass one of those storage space rental facilities nearly every day, a mile from home on busy Western Avenue. 453 more words

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Bits and Pieces from the Notebook

I stab around at a lot of subjects, gathering material that I think may become blog posts or — probably too often for my own good — attracts my interest when I should be focusing on the subject at hand. 935 more words

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Thar She Blows! Watching the Big Mammals Swim Past

It’s whale hunting season here in Southern California. No, we’re not sharpening our harpoons and boarding three-masters to sail the briny deep in search of Leviathan. 983 more words


My English Teacher Lays Down the Law and Tells It Like It Is

Cross my heart and hope to die, as I live and breathe, I’ll never forget the day. If I live to be a hundred, it’ll still seem like it was yesterday. 601 more words

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Cherchez les Femmes; It's All Their Fault (per Sir Gawain)

As each New Year approaches, my holiday tradition is to reread the Middle English verse romance, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. This year, I asked readers to suggest what aspect of the poem I should address. 1,063 more words

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