Monthly Archives: August 2012

One Small Misstep

I hope it will not seem irreverent if I say how great I think it was that Neil Armstrong flubbed his famous line?  “That’s one small step for (a) man; one giant leap for mankind,” is the way it came … Continue reading

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“How do you know I’m mad?” said Alice

The picture to the left is a portrait of Charles Dodgson (i.e., Lewis Carroll), which I took a few weeks ago on July 7th, “Alice’s Day,” a celebration of the sesquicentennial of Dodgson’s famous boat-ride from Oxford to Godstow. During … Continue reading

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MonuMental oXford tIme-wastIng

A “chronogram,” derived the Greek words for time (chronos) and letter (gramma), is a sentence or poem in which certain letters have been specially designated, usually by capitalization, as numerals in order to render a date.  While chronograms are found … Continue reading

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E Pluribus Unum

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“At the half, the United States have the lead!” So declares Arlo White, NBC’s British commentator, during the women’s football final game of the London Olympics.  We arrived home to Tennessee only a little while ago from England , and … Continue reading

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Thoughts Along the Wall

We are seated for breakfast, the boys and I, at a B&B in Hexham near Hadrian’s Wall. The day before, we explored the Roman settlement of Vindolanda and climbed all over the ruins at Housesteads, where extensive foundations of the … Continue reading

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