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Taiko Haessler
Eis quos amo vivo
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The Life and Afterlife of Things
Things, and the preservation of things, was as important in the Middle Ages as today. Image from a 15th-century edition of Boccaccio's Decameron.  A network of medieval scholars from multiple different departments here on campus organized an incredible even...

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Sorbus Domestica
The blooming Sorbus domestica Over the weekend, I indulged in some well-deserved pleasure reading. A new book, The King in the North (2013) , by Max Adams, details the life of VII-century warrior king, Oswald of Northumbria . As a young boy, Oswald had fled...

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The Scent of Roses
Isabel de Aragão, Queen of Portugal, arrives at Santiago de Compostela after completing a long pilgrimage on foot. Painting by Antonio de Hollanda, c. 1530 Queen Isabel depicted with roses. Painting by Francisco de Zurbarán, c. 1635 My reading has taken on ...

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Autumn Hues at the Ivory Tower
This morning I brought my camera with me to the university campus to document the gorgeous display of autumn foliage, to which I am daily treated, as I walk along the path to my office and to the library. It has never been possible for me to distract myself...

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From Desk to Great Beyond
A good place to imagine a medieval world This is the chair in which I read a great deal about the denizens of medieval Europe and imagine, in as much detail as possible, the minutiae of their world: their gestures, their speech, their petty grudges and thei...

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The Weight of Mountains
I used to believe that there were only two kinds of places one could end up: a place near the sea or a place in the mountains. For years I scoured the dark reaches of my soul trying to discern if I was "of the mountains" or "of the ocean."  Colorado, USA Th...

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On Horse, In Saddle
After almost four full months of silence I am finally back on the horse, firmly in the blogging saddle, grasping the reigns of recreational writing. Several significant life events have kept me away from the blogosphere for these past couple of months, but ...

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In Dog Years
My dog and I, almost 10 years ago, walking into the Pacific Ocean.  Today was my dog's 10th birthday. This is a significant milestone - 70 years old in dog years! I met Buju, my dog, as I walked along the Pacific coast in Costa Rica 10 years ago. My life wa...

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Spring is Like a Perhaps Hand
Allegory of Spring by Sandro Botticelli, c. 1482 Spring is nearly upon us. To celebrate: e.e. cummings and Renaissance paintings featuring the spirit of the season. "Spring is like a perhaps hand" - e.e. cummings Spring is like a perhaps hand (which comes c...
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