Monthly Archives: May 2013

“Be Strong” – Maltbie Davenport Babcock (b 1858, d 1901)

Be strong! We are not here to play, to dream, to drift; We have hard work to do, and loads to lift; Shun not the struggle–face it; ’tis God’s gift. Be strong! Say not, “The days are evil. Who’s to … Continue reading

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“How Did You Die?” – Edmund Vance Cooke (1903)

Did you tackle that trouble that came your way With a resolute heart and cheerful? Or hide your face from the light of day With a craven soul and fearful? Oh, a trouble’s a ton, or a trouble’s an ounce, … Continue reading

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And that’s why you always use Google Translate

Language is important, especially when you research pictures. What a difference German makes when searching for German posters from World War I.

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Easy-peas-y mash-up

From The Phantom Tollbooth: If you only do the easy and useless jobs, you’ll never have to worry about the important ones which are so difficult. You just won’t have the time. For there’s always something to do to keep … Continue reading

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Things to do / see / eat in the Santa Barbara area

If you have done something really clever and found yourself visiting a friend around Santa Barbara in the middle of the worst snowstorm on record for your Illinois town, props to you. Here are some things that you can do … Continue reading

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Short Story Clubbin’ (3/3)

We’re relocating to the Seattle area in the near future, and I’m hoping to start up yet another reading club (as I continue to trudge through my dissertation chapters one word at a time). Here are some other short story … Continue reading

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Short Story Clubbin’ (2/3)

Because I missed the Gothic Short Story Club upon my return to Urbana, I started up a club of my own. Here is our reading list: – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick – “The Landlady” … Continue reading

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Short Story Clubbin’ (1/3)

Because a doctoral program isn’t enough to keep me off the streets and out of the pool halls, while I was in Ottawa working on the PhD core seminar and sundry course requirements, I had the distinct pleasure of participating … Continue reading

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I’m away from Facebook for a while, so you’ll have to suffer through my mad research links here! During research for a recent paper about Maplelea Dolls, some wild stuff turned up.

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