Category Archives: Trees & Flowers

Little mysteries in an old edition of Cicero

See this update How this book came into my possession, I really can’t say, but it’s probably the oldest one I own, a copy of select orations of Cicero (together with Asconius’ commentary) as well as De Senectute and De … Continue reading

Posted in Classics, Education, England, Italy, Language & Etymology, Rome, Sewanee, Time, Trees & Flowers, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Ovid’s Priapus (Notes on Fasti 1.391-441)

These are some notes I made for a class I taught over two decades ago at Boston College on Ovid’s Fasti, his epic poem on the Roman calendar,  At that time, there wasn’t a good commentary on Book 1, although … Continue reading

Posted in Classics, Italy, Mythology, Poetry, Rome, Trees & Flowers, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

John Ciardi, “About Rivers and Toes”

This is a poem I really like. John Ciardi, who was quite figure in mid-century American letters, went to the same college I did (Tufts). Many years ago, I came across a little book of his poetry (Someone Could Win … Continue reading

Posted in Boston, Education, Poetry, Rivers, Trees & Flowers, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Brief Note from Scotland

Today and tomorrow, I’m at the Celtic Classics Conference, being held at Saint Andrews. It’s a lovely town by the sea ( pics below), with famous golf courses and some grand old university buildings, none of which the conference is … Continue reading

Posted in Cartoons, Classics, Language & Etymology, Poetry, Scotland, Sports & Games, Trees & Flowers | Leave a comment

Sewanee: Two Bird’s-eye Views

  My friend Jerry Smith recently posted the second photo on Facebook–I’m not entirely sure who took it, but perhaps he will let me know. The sepia print of Sewanee’s campus from 1910 was made by Arthur J. Elder–this is … Continue reading

Posted in Sewanee, Trees & Flowers | Leave a comment

At Zora’s Grave

We were visiting my mother-in-law in Florida last week, and, as I had been reading Their Eyes Were Watching God, I decided to take a short trip up to Fort Pierce to see the grave of Zora Neale Hurston in … Continue reading

Posted in Animals, Bible, Cemeteries & Funerals, Race, The South, Trees & Flowers, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

A Pewter Linden amid Pine and Palm

I wrote this originally in March, 2015– it had been my intention to post it after talking to Dick, to make sure he was OK with what I’d said. As some of you will know, he died just after his … Continue reading

Posted in Emblems, Family, Music, Numismatics, Poetry, Trees & Flowers | Leave a comment