Monthly Archives: April 2012

Angry Bird

Usually the phoebe’s nest is a chirpy little bundle on the drainpipe out back, but this spring it is silent, and for this we blame the towhee.  We’re not sure when he arrived, but he has been a constant presence … Continue reading

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By the Rude Bridge

Those are my boys, standing by the Old North Bridge in Concord, grimly determined to face down the Redcoats, and wondering when we can get some ice cream.  The picture was taken a few years ago when we were spending … Continue reading

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Major Archibald Butt

Major Archibald Butt has a funny name, it cannot be denied— Major Butt! Har har har— but by all accounts, he was a kind and even noble soul who died a hero’s death when the Titanic sank in the North … Continue reading

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Argus’ Tale

Sometimes when I’m teaching Homer’s Odyssey, I ask students to write a short story about a passage they’ve read but from the perspective of a character other than Odysseus.  I decided to try my own hand at the assignment.  It’s … Continue reading

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Studying the Free Market at Harvard

It was September 1979 and the school guidance counselor wanted to set up an interview for me and my friend Mike with some guys starting up a concession business at Harvard Stadium.  Hot dogs, popcorn, that sort of thing.  Would … Continue reading

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Strip-Searches, Ancient and Modern

In today’s Guardian, Naomi Wolf denounces the Supreme Court’s recent ruling that expands the government’s right to perform strip-searches, because “forcing people to undress is the first step in breaking down their sense of individuality and dignity and reinforcing their … Continue reading

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