Archive for January, 2011


Monday, January 31st, 2011

We’ve been having a bit of trouble making ends meet ever since Xy changed schools and took a $20K pay cut. Sometimes it’s that last week of the month, sometimes, just the last couple days. A number of times I’ve had to draw off our savings to make up the gap. It’s occasionally embarrassing and […]


Saturday, January 29th, 2011

Item #1: According to Editorial Anonymous (a blog of a children’s book editor): Trend Watch: Persephone Is the New Zombies/Vampires Well, I certainly wouldn’t have predicted this one. We’re seeing a lot of YA Persephone retellings. Maybe this is in part due to the greek myth renaissance effected by Mr. Riordan? I don’t know. Maybe […]

Minor Relapse, Electoral Politics, and Music

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Last night FOLC had its annual board election. I was excited but also a little nervous. We had a bigger slate of candidates than ever before, fifteen in all, for eight open seats. I wasn’t up for re-election myself; our terms are staggered and mine ends next year. But I was nervous because there was […]

Multiple Marches

Friday, January 28th, 2011

If I was feeling better I would attend one of these marches today. SilenceIsViolence a campaign for peace in New Orleans STRIKE AGAINST CRIME: FRIDAY, JANUARY 28 MARCH FOR PEACE Friday, January 28th, Central City 3:00pm: March to City Hall in memory of Magnolia Shorty, Jeremy Galmon, Jashawn Powell, and Mariah Woods. START: Washington and […]

Don’t Fear the Epigraph

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

Throughout my childhood my family made regular visits to my grandfather’s place, a doublewide trailer at the dead end of a long rural road, secluded acreage at the edge of Pottawatomi State Park in scenic Door County, Wisconsin. On one visit, I excavated (from a drawer in a nightstand in a guest bedroom) a remaindered […]


Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Warning: What follows is even more trivial, banal, geeky and self-involved than my usual fare. Hard to imagine, I know. But don’t say I didn’t warn you.

The Foolishness of Man

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

I’m not quite in my right mind today, thanks to some cold medicine I took this morning. So this might be the perfect time to revisit The Good News Bible Hour #14. The always-amazing Eric Spears (nee White) just excavated this video from his personal collection a few days ago, digitized it and posted it […]

Throat Challenge

Monday, January 24th, 2011

I seem inordinately predisposed to getting a sore throat. (I also have a propensity for swollen nodes in the throat, which may or may not be related.) I’ve been making some headway in my ongoing battle, but I’ve yet to reach my goal of a year-round healthy throat. My family doctor prescribed fluticasone propionate nasal […]

Thirty-Five Months

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

Dear Persephone, Oops. You made thirty-five months yesterday, but I didn’t realize it until I was lying down in bed last night. So this letter is one day late. As I’m trying to type this, you are sitting on the couch behind me. You’ve got a book you want me to read to you. I’ve […]

Antisocial Networking

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Here’s what I want: A social media platform which allows me to connect only to people who don’t know me in real life. As soon as we meet “in the flesh” we’re disconnected online. Yeah, that would be cool. When I started my blog, very few people read it, and many of the those who […]

Pangs Eased

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

It’s been well over a year since we moved to our new house, and the pangs of regret are finally starting to ebb. Regrets? Well, yes. It’s my nature to look back at important decisions and wonder. Did we do the right thing? The answer keeps coming up “yes,” but still I have to worry […]

Hey I Love Life

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Maybe so but you suck.

Profiles in Bloggage, Part 1

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

In April, I’ll be making a presentation to a special interest group of the AERA titled “The Role of Blogs in the Rebuilding of New Orleans.” My plan is to tell five separate stories that have emerged in, around, through or about the local blogosphere since the flooding of the city in 2005. I thought […]


Monday, January 17th, 2011

Martin Luther King, Jr., was not born on the 17th of January — but I was. MLK was born of the 15th. So was Drew Brees. Unlike Drew and I, the celebration of MLK’s birthday floats around. That’s how you can tell he reached a slightly higher level than most mortals. In fact he’s the […]


Monday, January 17th, 2011

I took these minutes on my 39th birthday, which was the day the University re-opened after the flooding of the city. What a strange day. We’d seen our city on the brink of annihilation, and the future was very uncertain. We came into our conference room, sat around the table, looked at each other and […]

Deaf Government Area

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

This photo recently became my most “favorited” on Flickr. With 26 favorites it has surpassed Big Cloud, which is gratifying because I think this is a much more interesting shot. I took this one on October 13, 2006 in Gentilly, on Mirabeau Avenue near the London Avenue Canal breach. In the background you can see […]

Dinner Guests

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

We had some friends over for dinner.

My Favorite Mug

Saturday, January 15th, 2011

This is my favorite coffee cup. I like the neoclassical architectural detail, which of course can still be seen at 3625 Canal Street. I believe Citywide Mortgage is defunct. Out of idle curiosity, I did a quick net search while drinking my coffee this morning and turned up the following…

Confessions of a Media Whore

Friday, January 14th, 2011

The producers of HBO’s Treme have said that they are creating historical fiction of extremely recent vintage. Thus, while watching the first season of Treme last year, we were reliving the events of late 2005 and early 2006. And I couldn’t help thinking of what the second season might bring. The focus would shift forward […]

Long Underwear

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Damn, it’s cold today. How cold? I think it may be 32ºF right now. The high is projected to be 44ºF. That’s the high, not the low. That is absurd. After riding around in the cold too much yesterday, I wised up and pulled on the long underwear this morning. Some people are surprised that […]