beginnings and endings

If you’re looking for something to read, you might want to consider Marilynne Robinson’s novel, Gilead. It’s a wonderful little book about an Iowa minister who, since he is close to the end of his life, is writing a letter to his young son. In the course of the letter, John Ames wanders off on …

Shiny and new….

In the category of things that I sometimes want, but really can’t afford, here is the new Pentax *ist DL, a digital SLR. All of the reviews I’ve read of this new gadget suggest that it’s a really good combination of features for not a lot of money. Just what I’m looking for…. I’ve been …

Here we go

Well, in the area of “everybody’s doing it,” I’m wading into the world of blogging. Not that I’m certain that I have anything useful to say, but I’m one of those people who isn’t as vigilant about keeping in touch as I should be. And, like most academic-types, I read and write on a regular …