Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Butt-Millet Fountain, A Memorial Hidden in Plain Sight

I have written before about Major Archibald Butt, a notable alumnus of Sewanee who died heroically aboard the Titanic.  That’s him to the right, together with President Taft, from a stained glass window in All Saints’ Chapel which commemorates the … Continue reading

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Ave atque Vale, Treebeard

Two and a half years ago, I wrote a post about the famous black pine in the Oxford Botanical Gardens called “Twists in the Plot.”  As I found out only today, the pine had to be taken down this past … Continue reading

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Inde Ira et Lacrimae

   “Cuius non audeo dicere nomen? quid refert dictis ignoscat Mucius an non?” Pone Tigillinum, taeda lucebis in illa              qua stantes ardent qui fixo gutture fumant … It has been a bitter time for satire these past few weeks.  In … Continue reading

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Walking with Brontosauruses, or, The How and Why of What We Know

This is the text of an address I gave this morning to the Cum Laude Society at St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School, in Sewanee, Tennessee this morning, January 6, 2014. It was a privilege to be asked to speak, and am grateful … Continue reading

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