Hello, dear readers, I’m enjoying my traditional U.S. Thanksgiving trip to New York City right now. The 12 years I lived in this city (1982-94) were a personally and professionally formative time for me, so I always get a bit reflective when I visit.
With this morning’s publication of a piece contemplating the notion of personal libraries (see below for link) to the blog of Harrison Middleton University, where I’m doing a side gig as a 2022 Fellow in Ideas, I thought I’d pull together variety of more recent (2018-present) writings from other sites, heavily themed on lifelong learning, books, popular culture, and personal nostalgia. I hope you find something here that strikes your fancy.
Contemplations on a Personal Library (2022) (link here)
Living history: The 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis as experienced by U.S. Navy officer on a destroyer (2022) (link here)
Forty summers ago, a first-ever trip to NYC (2022) (link here)
Pandemic Chronicles #26: Old postcards as time travel experiences (2021) (link here)
Embracing middlebrow culture: The Book-of-the-Month Club (2021) (link here)
Pandemic Chronicles #25: Monet, London fog, and memory at the Museum of Fine Arts (2021) (link here)
Studying the Great Books at the University of Chicago (2021) (link here)
Pandemic Chronicles #20: Witnessing “The Troubles” 40 years ago (2021) (link here)
Libraries as learning hangouts (2021) (link here)
What’s behind “More Than A Song”? (2021) (link here)
Pandemic Chronicles #8: And suddenly, our worlds became very small (2020) (link here)
Pandemic Chronicles #1: “Be careful what you wish for…” (2020) (link here)
Twenty-five years in Boston…whoa! (2019) (link here)
Music as a time machine: 1979 (2019) (link here)
What is it about cold weather that draws me to bookstores? (2018) (link here)
Two memorable semester breaks (2018) (link here)
Love all your blogs! You chose some really great ones to re-share. Making my way through them!