Category Archives: Trees & Flowers

Abbo’s Alley & German POWS

That some of Abbo’s Alley was laid out during WWII by German POWs is something I’ve often heard, but seen little documentary evidence. Below is what I’ve found. New York Times July 1, 1984, Section 10, Page 25: To the Editor: Thanks very much … Continue reading

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Sewanee’s Moon Tree: A Poem & A Reflection

From the NASA wesbite: Apollo 14 launched in the late afternoon of January 31, 1971 on what was to be our third trip to the lunar surface. Five days later Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell walked on the Moon while … Continue reading

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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

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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

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Protected: John Ciardi, “About Rivers and Toes”

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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

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Protected: At Zora’s Grave

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