Let’s ride that trail again…

This semester, I’ve had a light enough schedule that it allows me the luxury of actually having some free time on the weekends. It’s never completely free, but it is much better than last semester, for example, when it was the rare weekend that I didn’t have to grade a distressingly thick stack of papers every single weekend (thus the 5 months of dead air on this blog!) I do certainly take advantage of this free time. After planning lessons, I’ve had a chance to take some photos, go to dinner, and even take a bike ride.

I also spent a little while wandering around the internet, seeing what’s out there  – other than the usual suspects – and looking for a few interesting tidbits for another edition of Redux. Continue reading


Over the years, I’ve noticed some strange coincidences. If I buy, for example, a wine from a relatively unknown country or variety, then two days later, I’ll see a 2-page spread in the Sunday times about the up-and-coming wine industry of that country. Or maybe I suddenly get an old song stuck in my head, which is made even more annoying if I can’t remember the words after ten years of never hearing it. A day later, it will be played three times on the radio.

Now, it’s happening to me in blog form.

Here’s an example: over at educlaytion.com, we’ve been engaged in a Movie March Madness, following the college basketball tournament (may I ask at this time that we observe a moment of silence in morning for Florida’s defeat by Butler…amen). My entry – Four Weddings and a Funeral – was defeated after the first round, but as I pout, I am still keeping an eye on my other favorites. Within days of the contest’s start, Ghost, The Blues Brothers, Harry Potter, and The Empire Strikes Back were all being played on various cable stations. And just yesterday, I caught part of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, another contestant which is also one of my all-time favorite movies. Don’t judge me.

When this sort of fortuitous timing leads me to further information about a topic I’ve explored here, I will collect links or references and offer them up as follow-up tidbits for the edification of us all. Continue reading