Monthly Archives: February 2016

Catching Up With Brother Benedict

Postscript, October 30, 2016. “The Basilica of St. Benedict is destroyed, flattened by most recent earthquake.” From the Twitter account of the monks of Norcia. A tragic day. Postscript, August 24, 2016. The 6.2 earthquake in central Italy last night … Continue reading

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Happening Here?

In anticipation of Super Tuesday, I’ve downloaded Sinclair Lewis’ It Can’t Happen Here to look at over the weekend. The last time I read it was in high school–while well-written (Lewis did win a Nobel, after all), the novel had … Continue reading

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Ave atque Vale, Michael

I often went over to watch election returns with Michael Hurst. He was a Republican, and I a Democrat; he a devoted Southerner, and I a “Massachusetts-American,” as he said. We disagreed on almost everything about national politics and agreed on … Continue reading

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Belly Laugh, Belated

It’s good to know that something I once wrote about Ovid to be amusing can provoke a chuckle two decades later: http://bellonanj73.tumblr.com/post/44798945768/lucusantiquus-for-your-bowels-sake-ovid

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A Flavian Lady in Chattanooga

When I was in Chattanooga’s Erlanger Hospital recently to visit a friend, I passed by this bust on my way to the elevator. The baroness Marguerite Erlanger, wife of the French baron who endowed the hospital, was born Marguerite Mathilde Slidell (1842–1927), … Continue reading

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