Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:01:00 EDTSince the cold snap a week ago, I've wanted to make cinnamon rolls. What's kept me until today from doing so is ensuring I have the time to deal with a yeast dough.
Fri, 6 Jan 2017 05:01:00 ESTAlthough I had been telling folks I was planning to attend this weekend's joint annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for Classical Studies in Toronto, I am, alas, a no-show yet again.
Fri, 6 Jan 2017 04:01:00 EDTAlthough it's been a while since my last "Food on Friday" column, it doesn't mean there hasn't been any food preparation going on at the house in the interim.
Fri, 30 Dec 2016 05:01:00 ESTLast month I wrote in this space that intended to get back to blogging on a regular basis after a busy early fall. Well, that lasted about a week.
Tue, 15 Nov 2016 10:01:00 ESTI always enjoy references to classical antiquity, especially when they occur in the least expected places.
Wed, 2 Nov 2016 10:01:00 EDTI always enjoy references to classical antiquity, especially when they occur in the least expected places.
Tue, 1 Nov 2016 12:01:00 EDTEve Sweetser at the University of California, Berkeley, has sent a message extending the deadline for abstract proposals for the next California Celtic Colloquium.
Tue, 1 Nov 2016 11:01:00 EDTApologies to visitors to MichaelMeckler.com over my lack of blogging during the past few weeks. Amid deadlines for a couple of projects, the Jewish holiday season and our Texts and Contexts conference, I just didn't have the time.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 11:01:00 EDTGennifer Flowers is back in the news after Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump tweeted that he was considering inviting Flowers to attend tonight's debate between Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:01:00 EDTLast month, a new grocery store opened up in my neighborhood. Now this might not typically be a cause for celebration, but the Giant Eagle Market District Express is not a typical grocery store.
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:01:00 EDTI don't really put a whole lot of stock in the college rankings by U.S. News and World Report, but their top 4 U.S. schools are as follows
Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:01:00 EDTOur friends at the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies are hosting a conference on the early Irish tradition of placename stories known as Dindsenchas (or, in another spelling convention, Dindshenchas).
Thu, 01 Sep 2016 13:31:00 EDTI've recently become aware of a couple of incidents over the summer involving messy hiring and tenure decisions at various institutions.
Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:01:00 EDTCharles Osgood yesterday announced he was leaving his duties as host of CBS News Sunday Morning next month after 22 years.
Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:51:00 EDTI'm finally...FINALLY...starting to harvest tomatoes from the garden.
Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:01:00 EDTWhile envy is as old as human nature -- see, for example, the Tenth Commandment -- it seems to have come to the fore in this political year.
Mon, 22 Aug 2016 12:01:00 EDTProfessor Ralph O'Connor at Aberdeen is organizing a petition to protest planned job cuts in Celtic studies at Ulster University.
Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:01:00 EDTThe Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois next month is hosting an exhibit of late 19th- and early 20th-century reproductions of medieval Irish artifacts, and during the exhibit's run, a symposium will be held on these reproductions and their connection to the Celtic Revival movement.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 12:01:00 EDTGardens, like life, are often disorganized and overrun with what had been left behind by others. And, as in life, sometimes we find joy in our gardens' unintended remnants.
Mon, 1 Aug 2016 09:01:00 EDTIn the wake of the British vote to withdraw from the European Union, additional attention is being paid to the economic disparities among the nations using the euro, and the degree to which the common currency is exacerbating those disparities
Fri, 29 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTBlackberries are almost over in the garden, but now the cucumbers are starting.
Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTAt one time, it was not unusual for colleges and universities to assist junior faculty with the purchase of a home, both in smaller communities where housing options were limited, and in larger cities where housing near campus was either unaffordable or undesirable.
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTThe deadline for submitting open-session papers, workshops and posters for the 2017 Archaeological Institute of America annual meeting is a week from Sunday, 7 August.
Mon, 25 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTI neglected to mention another change that I had made to the recipe for the Cranberry, chocolate chip, polenta cookies that I blogged about on Friday.
Fri, 22 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTI'm a huge fan of the weekly "Cooks Corner" feature in my daily newspaper, The Columbus Dispatch. For decades, readers have sent in requests for recipes, and other readers respond.
Thu, 21 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTOur friends in the School of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies are hosting a symposium on Saturday 17 September 2016 on the danta gra, the courtly love poetry of early modern Ireland and Scotland.
Fri, 15 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTTo mark the publication of The Book of Lost Recipes, a new cookbook containing recipes from restaurants across the country that closed years ago, Columbus Dispatch food editor Lisa Abraham reprinted a recipe for Chicken Pineapple Kahiki from the Kahiki, a legendary Tiki restaurant that was less than two miles from my home growing up.
Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTProf. Fred Suppe of Ball State, himself a former Celtic Studies Association of North America president, is again organizing our panels for next year's International Congress on Medieval Studies, to be held 11-14 May 2017 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.
Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTI was saddened yesterday to learn of the death on Monday at age 83 of the esteemed classics scholar Elaine Fantham, who was a teacher of mine three decades ago when she first arrived at Princeton from Toronto.
Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTAfter two years of paltry harvests from the blackberry bushes in the back garden, it looks like we'll finally have a decent number of berries to pick.
Fri, 8 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTAfter two years of paltry harvests from the blackberry bushes in the back garden, it looks like we'll finally have a decent number of berries to pick.
Fri, 1 Jul 2016 00:01:00 EDTAfter two years of paltry harvests from the blackberry bushes in the back garden, it looks like we'll finally have a decent number of berries to pick.
Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EDTOur friends at The Ohio State University Press have a page with full information about the new journal they're publishing on behalf of the Celtic Studies Association of North America, the North American Journal of Celtic Studies, or NAJCS.
Tue, 28 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EDTThose who know me, or have heard me during the past few years give a lecture on my research on the history of dog breeds, are aware that I have a Basset Hound.
Fri, 24 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EDTA friend of mine this week told me she made a strawberry-rhubarb cake, as both are in season right now. And that prompted me to put both strawberries and rhubarb on my shopping list, with the result that I've made a strawberry-rhubarb pie.
Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EDTThe unconfirmed and highly unlikely story about a niqab-attired woman speaking Welsh has spread across media both social and traditional, and it got me thinking about how much of the news in our highly polarized society is given contrasting narratives that serve to confirm the pre-existing biases of their audiences.
Tue, 21 Jun 2016 00:01:00 EDTI would be the first to admit that I haven't been blogging much of late.