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.
Fri, 8 Apr 2016 00:01:00 EDTPostings on MichaelMeckler.com (and on my Twitter account) have been quite sparse of late.
Fri, 18 Mar 2016 00:01:00 EDTConsumers of kosher wine are well aware that the additional supervision involved in its production, along with the production rules themselves, can significantly increase its cost.
Wed, 16 Mar 2016 10:01:00 EDTFor the past couple of years, I have been noting the day on which the daffodils in the front yard first bloom.
Fri, 11 Mar 2016 08:01:00 ESTA late winter snow has chilled the surroundings, so I decided I needed to give the kitchen a quick warm up. Making applesauce fit the bill nicely.
Wed, 9 Mar 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe ever sagacious W. Robert Connor, a strong advocate for the humanities who has served as director of the National Humanities Center and president of the Teagle Foundation, always has interesting things to say about higher education.
Fri, 4 Mar 2016 11:01:00 ESTA week from Sunday, 13 March, is the initial deadline for the submission of member-organized workshops and colloquia for the 2017 Archaeological Institute of America annual meeting, to be held in Toronto on 5-8 January with the annual meeting of the Society for Classical Studies.
Fri, 4 Mar 2016 08:01:00 ESTA late winter snow has chilled the surroundings, so I decided I needed to give the kitchen a quick warm up. Making applesauce fit the bill nicely.
Fri, 26 Feb 2016 00:01:00 ESTJohn Switzer, in his Columbus Dispatch newspaper column last week, decried the amalgamation that created the Presidents Day holiday and obliterated celebration of George Washington's birthday.
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 00:01:00 ESTI'm not particularly optimistic about my garden this year as the critter population at the house has recently doubled. But I dutifully plan nonetheless to plant vegetables yet again in the raised beds.
Thu, 18 Feb 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe program for next month's California Celtic Colloquium is now available online.
Mon, 15 Feb 2016 00:01:00 ESTProf. Michele Ferrari of the University of Erlangen has informed me of two upcoming summer programs he's organizing for those interested in manuscript studies.
Mon, 1 Feb 2016 00:01:00 ESTThe Department of English at the University of Denver is hosting a conference on seafaring peoples of the North Atlantic during the Early Middle Ages on 3-5 November 2016, and the conference has an unusual format.