Monthly Archives: July 2018

Thank you, and “I Could Eat Your Words”

Check out this video on YouTube: Thank you to my precious, patient readers who spend a moment of their invaluable time to look my way here on EthidalDative. I can only strive to repay the compliment. And although I try … Continue reading

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LinkedIn Just Gave You a New Reason to Make Fun of LinkedIn

LinkedIn, a social network for people who enjoy soul-crushing banality, knows you get more than a few emails from randos wanting to add you to their “professional network.” Sick of reading messages from these random acquaintances looking to discuss synergy-based … Continue reading

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“Los meros meros” again

Guillermo Chapa was a member of the culture I was assigned to teach Spanish at as a rookie assistant-prof at Pan Am-Brownsville. I said teach “at” instead of “to” because almost all my students already knew the language — I … Continue reading

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Los Meros Meros

Check out this video on YouTube: I love this video. It makes me grin and tap my foot. Current Stats for Future Reference (2018) Decline in city’s median age last 7 years: 36.4 to 35.8. Hispanic population of county: 47% … Continue reading

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The Road of Paint: Zadie Smith, “Henry Taylor’s Promiscuous Painting,” New Yorker, July 30, 2018 issue

[Henry Taylor’s paintings are transfixing for me. I’m infinity shy of his league as a painter, but I was touched by the “road of chaos… road of paint” phrase that Zadie Smith uses to name the path that Taylor has … Continue reading

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Overheard in the Teachers’ Lounge

One of our football coaches, a vet in his forties, recounted how his wife ribbed him about being a neat freak. “Your underwear drawer is relentlessly organized, your t-shirts are folded, your Levis are on hangers!” she would exclaim. His … Continue reading

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Dear Mother… I also finished

I also finished the “Teacher in America” book and loaned it to Charles last night. Herbert, Charles and I had lunch last week and I mentioned the book to them. Herbert knew of Barzun, said he had read several of … Continue reading

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