Currently Listening to:

Heartless Bastards: “Hold Your Head High” After celebrating the wedding of two dear friends I’m feeling the truth of those early lines: “But I have some really good friends / I’ve been fortunate to find.”

RIP Donald J. Sobol

Donald J. Sobol, author of the Encyclopedia Brown series of books passed away at the age of 87 on July 11th from natural causes. Some of my earliest memories of reading involve Encyclopedia Brown books. I loved them when I was younger and they helped instil a love of reading that has stuck with me.

Resurgent Black Lung

NPR, the Charleston Gazette and The Center for Public Integrity have compiled a series of important stories about resurgence of Black Lung Disease among coal miners and miners operating in Appalachian regions of Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia in particular. There is a lot of overlap in the stories I’ve linked above, but the information […]

Links 7/6/12

Here’s a backlog of stuff I’ve been meaning to link: – I came across an old article form the Atlantic by  Paul Fussel after his death was announced back in May. Warning: It’s a bit of a gruesome read. Given its subject matter – getting past the propaganda and examining the World War II without rose colored […]

What I’ve been up to…

Things have been a bit busy lately and I thought a quick update was in order. So, what’s been going on? Nothing big. I suppose I did graduate with my PhD and got all the pomp, circumstance, and fancy hats that comes along with it. As did C (though the outfit looked better on her). […]