Better off in 2008

Commenting today on John McCain’s “We’re worse off than we were four years ago” ad, George Will observes that the question of being better off should be quantified in terms of more than one’s pocket book: Unfortunately, the phrase “better off” is generally understood as a reference to your salary, your bank balance, your IRA… Continue reading Better off in 2008

Summer hibernation

Bears hibernate in winter; bloggers hibernate in summer. Contrary to popular belief, I have not been: competing in the Olympics as a stealth athlete attending the DNC as a superdelegate catching state record channel catfish with a Barbie rod & reel I have been: working like a dog pseudo-exploring obscure shipwrecks in the Outer Banks… Continue reading Summer hibernation

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Surfacing

In case you didn’t notice — and it’s highly likely you didn’t — I more or less took the month of January off from blogging. Sure, there were a few links distributed here and there on the side, but it was a nice rest — especially for you, the erstwhile reader. Just think of all… Continue reading Surfacing

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2007 in places

With a new baby and an in-town move limiting my 2007 movements to a more local sphere, I slept in fewer cities this year than any in recent history: Kingsport, TN Tupelo, MS Washington, DC Woodbridge, VA cf. 2005, 2006.

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Periscope depth

There’s a lot going on the real world, hence the lack of goings on here on the blog. Due to my working at The Washington Briefing last weekend (and the fact that it wasn’t televised nationally) I missed commenting on the Tennessee — Alabama game. It was a good one to miss, I’m told. I’ve… Continue reading Periscope depth

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Dorothy Estes, R.I.P.

Yesterday, in the earliest hours of the morning, another of my great aunts, Dorothy Estes, passed away. Aunt Dot, as we all called her, was the sister of my grandmother, and an integral part of my extended family in the Knoxville, Tennessee area. Born on April 16, 1925, she was the eldest of three sisters.… Continue reading Dorothy Estes, R.I.P.

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Nancy Sharp, R.I.P.

My great-aunt Nancy Sharp died today at the age of 93. On the surface she might have seemed to be just an ordinary woman, but in her ordinariness she was a woman of extraordinary grace. My late grandfather’s oldest sister, she was born on July 31, 1914 in Knoxville, Tennessee — just as World War… Continue reading Nancy Sharp, R.I.P.

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You know you’ve been in the city too long…

I took my family hiking yesterday, and once on the trail, my 2½ year-old son looked around with a puzzled expression, and said to me: There aren’t any cars out here Daddy! Definitely going again soon this summer.

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Thumos in Washington

We had the privilege tonight of attending the National Endowment for the Humanities’ 2007 Jefferson Lecture, given this year by the inestimable Harvey C. Mansfield. Mansfield spoke at the historic Warner Theater in downtown D.C. on the topic, “How to Understand Politics: What the Humanities Can Say to Science.” Mansfield did a great job of… Continue reading Thumos in Washington

A voice from the past

My grandfather, Samuel David Cooper, died on November 13, 1997. About ten years prior — when I was in 7th grade — I took a genealogy class in middle school. One of the class projects was to interview our “oldest living relative.” Well, Granddad wasn’t my oldest relative at the time, but he was the… Continue reading A voice from the past

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