It’s Valentine’s Day

If you hate the holiday, blame Chaucer. If you enjoy it, here’s a lovely poem. As I often find myself far from my beloved, it comes to mind when ever I travel. A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning By John Donne As virtuous men pass mildly away,    And whisper to their souls to go, Whilst some of…

Between Work and Wit

That it is National Poetry Month has not escaped me, but I will not bother to mention it as 1) I am not a poet and 2) poets get far too much attention as it is and 3) there are far too many bad poets who would only find this encouragement to go on. They…

Podcast: The Flea

I forgot to mention the latest podcast, my reading of John Donne’s “The Flea” — always a fave. Donne was witty and inventive. He could write with heartfelt love — or lust — and in the end found a troubled sense of faith. Great stuff. Oh, look at the snow coming down — it’s not…