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dollars at work"/><category term="alt-country"/><category term="automobiles"/><category term="bike-boxes"/><category term="bike-commuting"/><category term="blog awards"/><category term="blog-readers"/><category term="blues"/><category term="calendars"/><category term="categorical imperative"/><category term="caucus"/><category term="caucusing"/><category term="cities"/><category term="climate change"/><category term="communitarianism"/><category term="conservative"/><category term="coolness"/><category term="country music"/><category term="defining terms"/><category term="discipline"/><category term="dogs"/><category term="domestic issue"/><category term="e-mail"/><category term="epistemology"/><category term="film noir"/><category term="ghosts"/><category term="gifts"/><category term="headphones"/><category term="heteroglossia"/><category term="high schools"/><category term="holidays"/><category term="iPods"/><category term="ice"/><category term="images"/><category term="imagination. play"/><category term="intelligence"/><category term="interconnectivity"/><category term="knick-knacks"/><category term="leap year"/><category term="liberal"/><category term="living space"/><category term="love"/><category term="lurking"/><category term="meta-post"/><category term="mutability"/><category term="nouveau roman"/><category term="observation"/><category term="online quizzes"/><category term="opening shots"/><category term="paradigms"/><category term="paranormal events"/><category term="passing"/><category term="privacy"/><category term="private property"/><category term="redblueamerica.com"/><category term="research"/><category term="road trips"/><category term="rock and roll"/><category term="romance"/><category term="sacrifice"/><category term="scientific method"/><category term="sexualizing of childhood"/><category term="shopping cart blogs"/><category term="spring"/><category term="state capitols"/><category term="stray shopping carts"/><category term="street people"/><category term="subtitles"/><category term="surveillance"/><category term="syncretism"/><category term="terrorism"/><category term="the supernatural"/><category term="tradition"/><category term="virtual space"/><category term="weird science"/><category term="worldview"/><category term="writing about painting"/><title type='text'>Blog Meridian</title><subtitle type='html'>Arranging, deepening, enchanting the blogosphere.&#xa;Commentary on film, art, music, books, and the ideas they inspire.</subtitle><link rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#feed' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default?alt=atom'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/'/><link rel='hub' href='http://pubsubhubbub.appspot.com/'/><link rel='next' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default?alt=atom&amp;start-index=26&amp;max-results=25'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><generator version='7.00' uri='http://www.blogger.com'>Blogger</generator><openSearch:totalResults>1190</openSearch:totalResults><openSearch:startIndex>1</openSearch:startIndex><openSearch:itemsPerPage>25</openSearch:itemsPerPage><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-590144032514077489</id><published>2012-09-02T07:50:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-09-02T07:50:49.137-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American culture"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American literature"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Great Plains"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Josh Garrett-Davis"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="PrairyErth"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="William Least-Heat Moon"/><title type='text'>Ghost Dances: A review</title><summary type="text">Hello, all.  It&#39;s been fairly busy around here as the new semester approached and has now arrived and, moreover, combined with a dearth of much of anything &quot;interesting&quot; to pass along in this space.  However, some engaging books, films and music have arrived here at the Meridian manse, and I will be posting about them in the next few days and weeks.
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  3. A word about the review below: About a month </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/590144032514077489/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=590144032514077489&amp;isPopup=true' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/590144032514077489'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/590144032514077489'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/09/ghost-dances-review.html' title='&lt;i&gt;Ghost Dances&lt;/i&gt;: A review'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7xPpWCSsRm0/UENEpSQoR6I/AAAAAAAABeA/Ha5CaIIuLIY/s72-c/Ghost%2BDances.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-1642074619274277642</id><published>2012-07-27T08:16:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-07-29T07:51:43.001-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Film"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Godfrey Reggio"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Koyaanisqatsi"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Naqoyqatsi"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Nature"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Philip Glass"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Post-modernism"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Powaqqatsi"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="technology"/><title type='text'>Ghosts in Our Own Machines: A Review of Naqoyqatsi</title><summary type="text">It&#39;s been pretty quiet &#39;round these parts as the summer begins to wind down and August and the new semester approach.  But I recently posted the following review on Amazon, and I thought I&#39;d post it here (with some minor editing) as well.
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  6. Breughel&#39;s The Tower of Babel, which also serves as the opening image from Naqoyqatsi.  Image found here.
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  8. This film, the third and last of the Qatsi trilogy,</summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/1642074619274277642/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=1642074619274277642&amp;isPopup=true' title='4 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/1642074619274277642'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/1642074619274277642'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/07/ghosts-in-their-own-machines-review-of.html' title='Ghosts in Our Own Machines: A Review of &lt;i&gt;Naqoyqatsi&lt;/i&gt;'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-0at-RXKWwCk/UBKRJXZWszI/AAAAAAAABc8/ulgEP_ahGk0/s72-c/Tower%2Bof%2BBabel.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>4</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-4532290956699107761</id><published>2012-07-14T23:31:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-07-17T05:23:19.481-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Film"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Francis Ford Coppola"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="opening shots"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="surveillance"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The Conversation"/><title type='text'>Some notes on the opening of The Conversation</title><summary type="text">Over at his excellent film blog, Scanners, Jim Emerson has an ongoing feature called the Opening Shots Projects.  Here&#39;s its rationale, in brief:
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  10. 1) The movie is about what happens to you while you watch it. So, pay attention -- to both the movie and your response. If you have reactions to, or questions about, what you&#39;re seeing, chances are they&#39;ll tell you something about what the movie is </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/4532290956699107761/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=4532290956699107761&amp;isPopup=true' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/4532290956699107761'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/4532290956699107761'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/07/some-notes-on-opening-of-conversation.html' title='Some notes on the opening of &lt;i&gt;The Conversation&lt;/i&gt;'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xMuZJuyKlMY/UAHwX-AmUHI/AAAAAAAABb0/pOi4lFwDACk/s72-c/the-conversation.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-9106937219840982819</id><published>2012-07-11T23:00:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-07-11T23:00:23.735-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="late capitalism"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Thoreau"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Walden"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Walmart"/><title type='text'>&quot;A track-repairer somewhere in the orbit of the earth&quot;:Thoreau and late capitalism</title><summary type="text">
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  12. A stretch of the railroad between Fitchburg and Concord.  Image found here.
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  14. One would think that there&#39;d be no need to write something like a post with the title that this one has: that a fairly attentive reading of Walden or, less directly, &quot;Life Without Principle&quot; would reveal to the reader pretty clearly what the Concord Curmudgeon would have to say about such things.
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  16. Just as a refresher, </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/9106937219840982819/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=9106937219840982819&amp;isPopup=true' title='1 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/9106937219840982819'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/9106937219840982819'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/07/track-repairer-somewhere-in-orbit-of.html' title='&quot;A track-repairer somewhere in the orbit of the earth&quot;:Thoreau and late capitalism'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-NLTJu_aBRWE/T_5LCzkPYcI/AAAAAAAABa4/obIz9-6osn0/s72-c/Fitchburg%2BRailroad.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>1</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-7902307022111683685</id><published>2012-05-15T20:40:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-05-16T06:02:47.017-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Carlos Fuentes"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Latin America"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Latin American literature"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Mexico"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Mexico City"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The Novel"/><title type='text'>Carlos Fuentes, 1928-2012</title><summary type="text">
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  18. Fuentes, standing in front of the Aztec Sun Calendar at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City.  Image found here.
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  20. Carlos Fuentes died today in his home town of Mexico City.  He was 83.  Here is a brief obituary in today&#39;s Los Angeles Times.  His passing means that of that generation of Latin American writers of the &quot;Boom&quot; years of the &#39;60s and &#39;70s, only Colombia&#39;s Gabriel García </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/7902307022111683685/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=7902307022111683685&amp;isPopup=true' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/7902307022111683685'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/7902307022111683685'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/05/carlos-fuentes-1928-2012.html' title='Carlos Fuentes, 1928-2012'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-ln-Vj6smIdU/T7LPSzqeakI/AAAAAAAABaY/IGwlf7MaZkI/s72-c/fuentes_carlos.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-1590816292805405782</id><published>2012-05-15T06:27:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-05-15T06:28:10.713-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="A Stretch of River"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Books"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Essays"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Meta"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Writing"/><title type='text'>Self, image, self-image</title><summary type="text">
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  22. The controversy over the claim that Vermeer used a camera obscura when painting now, with the recent discovery of this image, seems like pretty small potatoes.  (Image found here.)
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  24. Grades are in (though some stragglers are still out there), my office is tidier than it&#39;s been for, well, a while, and the summer stretches ahead.  Aside from some work for my school&#39;s Online Writing Lab, a trip </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/1590816292805405782/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=1590816292805405782&amp;isPopup=true' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/1590816292805405782'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/1590816292805405782'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/05/self-image-self-image.html' title='Self, image, self-image'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-HdFcW8nrrGo/T7IyrFiX-CI/AAAAAAAABaI/L290Ky82Yxs/s72-c/Girl%2Bwith%2Ba%2BPortable%2BCamera.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-126545543250109908</id><published>2012-05-06T08:35:00.001-05:00</published><updated>2012-05-07T17:09:24.710-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American literature"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Blood Meridian"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Cormac McCarthy"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Film"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Nature"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Terence Malick"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The Thin Red Line"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The Tree of Life"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Violence"/><title type='text'>&quot;. . . and its beauty was not lost on him&quot;: An open letter to Terence Malick</title><summary type="text">
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  26. Terence Malick and Christian Bale, Austin, Texas, September 2011.  Image found here.
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  28. Dear Mr. Malick,
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  31. I&#39;m under no illusions here.  You almost certainly will never read this.  For one thing, who the heck am I to you?  For another, you don&#39;t strike me as the sort of guy who has a publicist who Googles for mentions of you.  Finally, and most important, you are pretty busy right now, it appears</summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/126545543250109908/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=126545543250109908&amp;isPopup=true' title='5 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/126545543250109908'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/126545543250109908'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/05/and-its-beauty-was-not-lost-on-him-open.html' title='&quot;. . . and its beauty was not lost on him&quot;: An open letter to Terence Malick'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-gCEJAMpOdhA/T6HsUlrNyDI/AAAAAAAABZ4/Ppg2Wm3Lc7g/s72-c/terence_malick_bale-620x410.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>5</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-585858770295483834</id><published>2012-04-26T05:51:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-04-26T05:52:21.723-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Birthdays"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="George Harrison"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="mutability"/><title type='text'>At the mid-point of the Meridian Century . . .</title><summary type="text">. . . it&#39;s okay if it passed without your knowing.  No fireworks, no mass rallies, not even a mention on the cable news chyrons.  It was pretty quiet even for the person whose century&#39;s midpoint was passed.  He marked it by doing some teaching, eating a delicious ribeye grilled by the Mrs., going to choir rehearsal, and (second night in a row) dozing off towards the end of The Colbert Report (</summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/585858770295483834/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=585858770295483834&amp;isPopup=true' title='7 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/585858770295483834'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/585858770295483834'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/04/at-mid-point-of-meridian-century.html' title='At the mid-point of the Meridian Century . . .'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="https://img.youtube.com/vi/KZbGVHk3tBA/default.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>7</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-2370264215726895666</id><published>2012-04-22T07:55:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-04-22T07:56:27.312-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="computers"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Education"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Language"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Nostalgia"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Teaching"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Writing"/><title type='text'>Just start calling me Rip Van Meridian</title><summary type="text">Your correspondent&#39;s arrival to last Tuesday&#39;s department meeting?  Naah--it&#39;s really Tompkins H. Matteson&#39;s Rip Van Winkle&#39;s Return (1860).  Image found here.
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  33. Apparently, part of turning 50 (which for me will occur next week) is that one feels the uncontrollable impulse to begin lots of sentences with &quot;In my day . . .&quot; or &quot;I remember when&quot;--not to mention, in my particular instance, a certain </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/2370264215726895666/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=2370264215726895666&amp;isPopup=true' title='6 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/2370264215726895666'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/2370264215726895666'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/04/just-start-calling-me-rip-van-meridian.html' title='Just start calling me Rip Van Meridian'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-IdfJYE_N3hY/T46c9mGnqSI/AAAAAAAABZU/PKaVv15aDu4/s72-c/Rip-Van-Winkles-Return.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>6</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-5197784085283545357</id><published>2012-04-20T16:54:00.002-05:00</published><updated>2012-04-20T16:56:17.766-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Nickolas Muray"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Photography"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The Odd Sandwich"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Tumblr"/><title type='text'>People to visit: The Odd Sandwich</title><summary type="text">
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  35. Lee&#39;s caption: &quot;Mary Alice and Fluffles, the morning they pulled the big bank job.&quot;
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  37. Tumblr accounts, you may have heard, are the Hot New Thing on the Interwebs.  I&#39;m drawing your attention to The Odd Sandwich because its host, Lee Ingalls, is a friend and he&#39;s drumming up eyeballs for his place.  And because I like his wry captions for these vintage pictures, some of them quite odd, from </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/5197784085283545357/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=5197784085283545357&amp;isPopup=true' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5197784085283545357'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5197784085283545357'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/04/people-to-visit-odd-sandwich.html' title='People to visit: The Odd Sandwich'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5_GSrhXFO_o/T5HXrzWBCYI/AAAAAAAABZg/XAzk37GSqqQ/s72-c/Mary%2BAlice%2Band%2BFluffles.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-6101347015539733399</id><published>2012-04-14T08:46:00.002-05:00</published><updated>2012-04-14T08:52:33.757-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American culture"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American literature"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Emerson"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Flint Hills"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Nature"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="PrairyErth"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Transcendentalism"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="William Least-Heat Moon"/><title type='text'>&quot;Full of many things except boundaries&quot;: Aloneness, Transcendentalism, and PrairyErth</title><summary type="text">Room for the Sky, taken somewhere in Chase County, Kansas, by Dave Leiker.  Click on image to enlarge.  Image found here.As mentioned in my most recent post, I&#39;ve begun reading William Least-Heat Moon&#39;s PrairyErth.  What follows is a particularly compelling snippet of writing from it.  It&#39;d be quite easy to create post after post consisting of such snippets--Least-Heat Moon has this way of </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/6101347015539733399/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=6101347015539733399&amp;isPopup=true' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/6101347015539733399'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/6101347015539733399'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/04/full-of-many-things-except-boundaries.html' title='&quot;Full of many things except boundaries&quot;: Aloneness, Transcendentalism, and &lt;i&gt;PrairyErth&lt;/i&gt;'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-lEG3EdTigOk/T4lx3PjsqII/AAAAAAAABZI/60T1wttW82c/s72-c/Room%2Bfor%2Bthe%2BSky%2BChase%2BCounty.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-3779491410071562132</id><published>2012-04-10T07:16:00.003-05:00</published><updated>2012-04-14T09:55:47.726-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American culture"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American literature"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Flint Hills"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Landscape"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Nostalgia"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="PrairyErth"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="William Least-Heat Moon"/><title type='text'>&quot;Some old compass in the blood&quot;: On PrairyErth and place</title><summary type="text">Skyline of Cottonwood Falls, the county seat of Chase County, Kansas.  Click on image to enlarge.  The courthouse is the oldest government building in continuous use in Kansas.  Image found here.The origin myths of ancient cultures, including our own Judeo-Christian one, are as much about the land as they are about anything else.  This is also true of that new-ish, caterwauling, still-naïve </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/3779491410071562132/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=3779491410071562132&amp;isPopup=true' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/3779491410071562132'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/3779491410071562132'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/04/some-old-compass-in-blood-on-prairyerth.html' title='&quot;Some old compass in the blood&quot;: On &lt;i&gt;PrairyErth&lt;/i&gt; and place'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-iHFBaWCb7Pg/T4LFPvg7dcI/AAAAAAAABY8/xYBmCJWiImY/s72-c/CottonwoodFalls.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-3166711367583227365</id><published>2012-04-07T08:57:00.005-05:00</published><updated>2012-04-07T14:47:28.622-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Baroque Art"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Caravaggio"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="John Berger"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Lent"/><title type='text'>Caravaggio and Lent</title><summary type="text">Caravaggio, The Calling of St. Matthew, 1599-1600.  Click on image to enlarge.  Image (and a lengthy discussion of the painting) found here.With Good Friday being last night and Easter to come tomorrow and a gloomy sky accompanying Scruffy and me this morning, I found myself thinking about Lent&#39;s demand of us that we take its questions as serious, inevitable ones.  Just before Ash Wednesday this </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/3166711367583227365/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=3166711367583227365&amp;isPopup=true' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/3166711367583227365'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/3166711367583227365'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/04/caravaggio-and-lent.html' title='Caravaggio and Lent'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qnLaC4NXM6c/T4AyEjwx4KI/AAAAAAAABYw/cWrKuD8ss0U/s72-c/Caravaggio_The_Calling_of_St_Matthew_1599-1600.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-5422663785085323001</id><published>2012-04-01T19:37:00.000-05:00</published><updated>2012-04-01T19:40:21.177-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Film"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Midnight in Paris"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Nostalgia"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Woody Allen"/><title type='text'>Midnight in Paris and nostalgia</title><summary type="text">Marion Cotillard (left) and Owen Wilson in a typical shot from Midnight in Paris.  Image found here.Midnight in Paris (2011; dir. Woody Allen).Thanks to my colleague (and film buff) Larry the Movie Guy, the Mrs. and I watched Midnight in Paris this past Friday night.  The Mrs.&#39; quickie review: &quot;That wasn&#39;t as terrible as I had expected.&quot;  (She had said earlier that she has had trouble </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/5422663785085323001/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=5422663785085323001&amp;isPopup=true' title='9 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5422663785085323001'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5422663785085323001'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/04/midnight-in-paris-and-nostalgia.html' title='&lt;i&gt;Midnight in Paris&lt;/i&gt; and nostalgia'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TNHV1V7PR30/T3b6KdjtVqI/AAAAAAAABYk/dZoPZKIKBzo/s72-c/Midnight%2Bin%2BParis.png" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>9</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-8737013118168168583</id><published>2012-03-22T17:49:00.002-05:00</published><updated>2012-03-23T09:19:34.838-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="College backetball"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="March Madness"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="NCAA brackets"/><title type='text'>The obligatory picking-through-the-ashes-of-one&#39;s-bracket post</title><summary type="text">Image found here.Well, we gave it a go.  I can take some comfort in the knowledge that very, very few people picked Missouri to lose to Norfolk State; I&#39;m pleased that I picked Lehigh to beat Duke and that, as I had originally picked, Ohio U. is in the Sweet Sixteen.  But the upshot is that only half of my Sweet Sixteen selections are actually going to play tonight and tomorrow.  This saddens me,</summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/8737013118168168583/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=8737013118168168583&amp;isPopup=true' title='4 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8737013118168168583'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8737013118168168583'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/03/obligatory-picking-through-ashes-of.html' title='The obligatory picking-through-the-ashes-of-one&#39;s-bracket post'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-LXOLA4UpRis/T2uhP0gNcgI/AAAAAAAABYY/aR9aJqQI9fE/s72-c/Bracket.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>4</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-5232674705690055267</id><published>2012-03-22T10:56:00.001-05:00</published><updated>2012-03-22T11:02:46.319-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Assessment"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="college"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Education policy"/><title type='text'>On &quot;snobbishness&quot; and higher education</title><summary type="text">&quot;To my astonishment, I was informed on leaving college that I had studied navigation!--why, if I had taken one turn down the harbor I should have known more about it.&quot;  --Thoreau, Walden.Thoreau&#39;s feigned dismissiveness of the value of formal education notwithstanding (he himself was a Harvard man), he does have a point: There indeed do exist any number of human activities which can be learned </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/5232674705690055267/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=5232674705690055267&amp;isPopup=true' title='3 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5232674705690055267'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5232674705690055267'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/03/on-snobbishness-and-higher-education.html' title='On &quot;snobbishness&quot; and higher education'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><thr:total>3</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-8095602384250465563</id><published>2012-03-13T07:53:00.004-05:00</published><updated>2012-03-13T12:59:37.259-05:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="College backetball"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="March Madness"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="NCAA brackets"/><title type='text'>The obligatory March Madness post</title><summary type="text">An ad that appeared in this morning&#39;s Washington Post.  Despite the ad&#39;s immodesty, Virginia Commonwealth just might be able to back it up.  Image found here.I&#39;ve had nothing to say this season about college basketball, but (thanks/curses to cable in the Meridian household) I&#39;ve seen a lot of it.  It&#39;s been a strange season, in my mind, and this bracket--actually, the saner of my two brackets--is</summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/8095602384250465563/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=8095602384250465563&amp;isPopup=true' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8095602384250465563'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8095602384250465563'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/03/obligatory-march-madness-post.html' title='The obligatory March Madness post'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Pb3Io6ZyibM/T16HbV3joSI/AAAAAAAABYM/0IIGdI7m3So/s72-c/VCU.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-5707956577016323843</id><published>2012-03-09T08:09:00.002-06:00</published><updated>2012-03-10T07:12:10.815-06:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Film"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Terence Malick"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The Tree of Life"/><title type='text'>Some comments on The Tree of Life</title><summary type="text">Hello, reader(s).  All is well here; just busy and lacking in things worthy of troubling you to consider reading.By some fluke, over the course of the fall and winter the Mrs. and I ended up seeing four of the Oscar nominees for Best Picture.  While I&#39;m glad that one of them, The Artist, won, the post below is about the most interesting and challenging and demanding of the lot.A still from The </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/5707956577016323843/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=5707956577016323843&amp;isPopup=true' title='5 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5707956577016323843'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5707956577016323843'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/03/some-comments-on-tree-of-life.html' title='Some comments on &lt;i&gt;The Tree of Life&lt;/i&gt;'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mFWjgT-fbFs/T1IwBl4DdVI/AAAAAAAABYA/6WLPS-erBQY/s72-c/Tree-of-Life-036.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>5</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-8191438041006457552</id><published>2012-02-11T11:38:00.002-06:00</published><updated>2012-02-11T11:39:32.172-06:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American Art"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Wichita Art Museum"/><title type='text'>Adventures at the Wichita Art Museum #8, Part II: Pairings from the Permanent Collection</title><summary type="text">Edward Hopper, Sunlight on Brownstones (1956).  Image found here.Joseph Lorusso, Red Brick and Shadow (ca. 2000).  Biography.  Image found here.In yesterday&#39;s post, I mentioned that the WAM&#39;s selections from the permanent collection &quot;look a little different these days.&quot;  That&#39;s due to the fact that the museum has hung the pieces (or, in a few cases, has arranged sculptures and other objects </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/8191438041006457552/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=8191438041006457552&amp;isPopup=true' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8191438041006457552'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8191438041006457552'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/02/adventures-at-wichita-art-museum-8-part.html' title='Adventures at the Wichita Art Museum #8, Part II: Pairings from the Permanent Collection'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-t_70bZdz9tQ/TzZ8QZ0dbjI/AAAAAAAABX0/P_ivvv0cE1Y/s72-c/Hopper%2BSunlight.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-7699861026624422492</id><published>2012-02-10T17:25:00.003-06:00</published><updated>2012-02-11T07:34:00.218-06:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Abstract Expressionism"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American Art"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Chuck Close"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Contemporary Art"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Wichita Art Museum"/><title type='text'>Adventures at the Wichita Art Museum #8: Chuck Close and Provincetown artists</title><summary type="text">An unidentified man looks at a jacquard tapestry of a Chuck Close self-portrait at the Austin exhibition in August of 2009.  The original is a large image, so be sure to click to enlarge.  Here is the exhibition in book form.  Image found here.I will confess: I visited the WAM last Saturday because I didn&#39;t want to start my morning off by doing laundry.  A quick perusal of the website, and the </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/7699861026624422492/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=7699861026624422492&amp;isPopup=true' title='0 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/7699861026624422492'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/7699861026624422492'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/02/adventures-at-wichita-art-museum-8.html' title='Adventures at the Wichita Art Museum #8: Chuck Close and Provincetown artists'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-b9FZthOw9wc/Ty6CH5cXAlI/AAAAAAAABXQ/OZYx-ClZk5Q/s72-c/chuck-close-exhibit-03.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>0</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-8014323577887395160</id><published>2012-02-05T15:30:00.001-06:00</published><updated>2012-02-05T15:30:27.041-06:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Buho Photography"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Photography"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Sunsets"/><title type='text'>Sunset project</title><summary type="text">Sunset, Wichita, Kansas, January 20, 2012, by the Mrs.  Click image to enlarge.It&#39;s pretty simple: Take a picture of the sunset each day of the year.  This is the task that the Mrs. has set for herself, and you can see all the results that she&#39;s so far posted here.  If you&#39;d prefer not to click a whole lot, here is a slideshow of the sunsets she has taken thus far this year (that she has posted).</summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/8014323577887395160/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=8014323577887395160&amp;isPopup=true' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8014323577887395160'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8014323577887395160'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/02/sunset-project.html' title='Sunset project'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-N5mgrKcJ0dw/Ty7yYvliHEI/AAAAAAAABXc/CKb4Jn9Sehs/s72-c/Sunset%2BJan.%2B20.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-2797820284699851196</id><published>2012-01-28T10:16:00.002-06:00</published><updated>2012-01-28T10:26:58.439-06:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Kansas History"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Politcal rhetoric"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="The Civil War"/><title type='text'>Bleeding Kansas, bleeding Congressmen</title><summary type="text">The famous caning of Charles Sumner by Preston Brooks on the floor of the House of Representatives, May 22, 1856.  The misplaced apostrophe aside, the caption (though quietly sympathizing with Sumner) is pretty accurate.  Image found here.People don&#39;t hurl invective like they used to.  Partly because it&#39;s the sesquicentennial of the Civil War, and partly because it comes so highly recommended by </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/2797820284699851196/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=2797820284699851196&amp;isPopup=true' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/2797820284699851196'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/2797820284699851196'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/01/bleeding-kansas-bleeding-congressmen.html' title='Bleeding Kansas, bleeding Congressmen'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_BU4DRpQnXU/TyKjSfIevjI/AAAAAAAABXE/3j6tS-Il2HA/s72-c/sumner_caning.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-1904403718283252863</id><published>2012-01-22T15:33:00.003-06:00</published><updated>2012-01-23T09:06:49.720-06:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="American literature"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Bible"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Christianity"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Christopher Moore"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Comedy"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="History"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Jesus"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Lamb"/><title type='text'>&quot;You are a scrawny brown guy!&quot;  &quot;No, you are a scrawny brown guy!&quot;:  Lamb and the Jesus of History</title><summary type="text">Christopher Moore.  Official website.  Image found here.Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ&#39;s Childhood Pal.This is the first Christopher Moore novel I&#39;ve read.  It comes recommended to me by two people: the Mrs., who is a long-time fan; and my pastor.  Talking with them both about both Joseph&#39;s absence from the Gospels after the scene with the boy Jesus in the Temple and about the Infancy</summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/1904403718283252863/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=1904403718283252863&amp;isPopup=true' title='7 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/1904403718283252863'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/1904403718283252863'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/01/you-are-scrawny-brown-guy-no-you-are.html' title='&quot;You are a scrawny brown guy!&quot;  &quot;No, &lt;i&gt;you&lt;/i&gt; are a scrawny brown guy!&quot;:  &lt;i&gt;Lamb&lt;/i&gt; and the Jesus of History'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-wFChubDQqzA/TxAR6tkDNqI/AAAAAAAABW4/9OxBGGPDtVM/s72-c/Christopher%2BMoore.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>7</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-8141217423992434548</id><published>2012-01-10T19:42:00.001-06:00</published><updated>2012-01-10T19:42:53.148-06:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Education"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Teaching"/><title type='text'>Back to school . . .</title><summary type="text">Thanks, FailBlogIt&#39;s back to back-to-school meetings this week.  The chief activity has been to coin yet another phrase for what we need to be doing that means &quot;assessment&quot; and yet sound different enough that our various constituencies will believe that we&#39;re doing something different.  Anyway: I have syllabi to write, so I hope to have something of substance next week.</summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/8141217423992434548/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=8141217423992434548&amp;isPopup=true' title='6 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8141217423992434548'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/8141217423992434548'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/01/back-to-school.html' title='Back to school . . .'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-65Z5yBAnXbE/TwrbxyRJV6I/AAAAAAAABWs/obnZb_eCFCY/s72-c/Ask%2Byour%2BDoctor.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>6</thr:total></entry><entry><id>tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-7640521.post-5311449586737635392</id><published>2012-01-07T09:51:00.005-06:00</published><updated>2012-01-07T09:55:50.552-06:00</updated><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Buho Photography"/><category scheme="http://www.blogger.com/atom/ns#" term="Photography"/><title type='text'>&quot;The Idea of Order at Key West&quot; (and some shameless spousal promotion)</title><summary type="text">For she was the maker of the song she sang.The ever-hooded, tragic-gestured seaWas merely a place by which she walked to sing.Whose spirit is this? we said, because we knewIt was the spirit that we sought and knewThat we should ask this often as she sang.If it was only the dark voice of the seaThat rose, or even colored by many waves;If it was only the outer voice of skyAnd cloud, of the sunken </summary><link rel='replies' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/feeds/5311449586737635392/comments/default' title='Post Comments'/><link rel='replies' type='text/html' href='http://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=7640521&amp;postID=5311449586737635392&amp;isPopup=true' title='2 Comments'/><link rel='edit' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5311449586737635392'/><link rel='self' type='application/atom+xml' href='http://www.blogger.com/feeds/7640521/posts/default/5311449586737635392'/><link rel='alternate' type='text/html' href='http://blogmeridian.blogspot.com/2012/01/idea-of-order-at-key-west-and-some.html' title='&quot;The Idea of Order at Key West&quot; (and some shameless spousal promotion)'/><author><name>John B.</name><uri>http://www.blogger.com/profile/06358811061653958120</uri><email>[email protected]</email><gd:image rel='http://schemas.google.com/g/2005#thumbnail' width='16' height='16' src='http://img1.blogblog.com/img/b16-rounded.gif'/></author><media:thumbnail xmlns:media="http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/" url="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kd2T86muAlU/Twhq7mOMBtI/AAAAAAAABWg/qUT5yyBjJ3o/s72-c/Galveston%2BCoast-1.jpg" height="72" width="72"/><thr:total>2</thr:total></entry></feed>

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