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Organizing My Closet

I got back from Budapest and immediately started to prepare for teaching at Boston University this semester. I’m teaching a class I really enjoy — a class on rhetoric to freshmen, not classical rhetoric as defined by Aristotle and the … Continue reading

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Budapest at 3 a.m.

Every time I travel from Boston to Budapest, I have terrible jetlag. It’s only Boston to Budapest — traveling the other way around, with the sun, I may be a bit tired and dehydrated from the long journey, but I … Continue reading

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What is a Book?

Recently I bought three books. I have a bad habit of buying books — you might even call it an addiction to books because I can’t seem to stop. Each book is a possibility, a world I can enter, a … Continue reading

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Chop Wood, Carry Water

There is a famous Zen Buddhist saying: Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. I’m not sure where I first read it, but it was years ago, and it stuck with me. I think it … Continue reading

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Addicted to Books

I think I have two addictions: chocolate and books. The book addiction is definitely stronger. I can live without chocolate. I’m not sure I could live without books. When do I buy books? When I’ve accomplished something, to reward myself. … Continue reading

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Morning in the Garden

When I’m in Boston, the first thing I do every morning is go out into the garden. Well, almost every morning — unless it’s raining the way it does it Boston, in sheets of water coming down from the sky, … Continue reading

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The Covid Years

What did the Covid years do to us? I ask this question knowing very well that Covid is not over, and that the Covid years will last as long as Covid lasts, which as far as we know will be … Continue reading

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