Long Days of the Grecian Comet

One of the products of my Midwestern upbringing was the importance placed on such basic skills as carpentry, agriculture and cooking. While I don’t think my parents were especially worried survival in the aftermath of World War Z, I do think they were passing...

Are you Sirius?

If you find yourself with a quiet moment one evening this week be sure to get outside after dark and look to the western sky for your last chance seeing several constellations until this fall. The familiar patterns of Orion the Hunter, Taurus the Bull and Canis Major...

Blues for Armstrong

Watching the news of late and you would be forgiven in thinking that it’s all a bunch of air, hot or otherwise. No, I’m not talking about the GOP convention nor am I presaging the Democrats in the weeks to come, rather in a roundabout way I want to...

What the Dutch?

Walking down the steps here in Seattle today with the easterly winds rushing up from the Sound brought to mind thoughts of the roaring forties, furious fifties and the screaming sixties. If you have a sailing tradition in your family then you’ve already...

Dionysius Exiguus and Latin Years

Here we go again, a Latin byline for this month’s installment of calendar trivia. And here I left my Second Edition of the Oxford Libro Sermonum at home! As a side note, if you’re doing some post holiday shopping the soon-to-be-issued two-volume hardcover...