What does that mean, “In Perpetuum”? It is something that will go on forever. See links below for a reference to (and an example of) the best way we can live our lives. Continue reading
In my 2018 literature class we put on a Medieval feast (with everybody in costume) to celebrate the end of the school year. We had a fantastic time jousting, acting like barbarians, and gorging ourselves on turkey legs and ancient recipes passed down from The Wife of Bath, Beowulf, Macbeth, and other motley characters.
Last year in Ancient Literature, one of my students, Connor, wrote a poem titled “Up the Mast,” rhyming couplets, which was inspired by our reading of Odysseus’ spectacular exploits in The Odyssey.
This year Connor attended my Medieval Literature course, in which he was inspired to write a couple more poems: “Running Through the Forest,” inspired whilst reading The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood; and “When Sin Runs Rampant” is a work Connor composed while we were studying The Divine Comedy.
I hope you enjoy the work of Connor Rose, a young man of intellectual deftness, sensibility, and exceptional artistry.
Photo courtesy of Molly Lindsey
Who Is Pavlov’s Dog?
For starters, do you know about Pavlov? Ivan Petrovich Pavlov (1849 – 1936) was a Russian born physiologist known for his work in classical conditioning. His work has greatly influenced our understanding of human behavior and learning processes, and he continues to influence the formation of modern behavior therapy.
His contributions have influenced a broad spectrum of fields, from psychology and physiology, to medicine and philosophy, but in popular culture he is well known for his “conditioned reflex” experiments with dogs. Various stimuli would be presented as an antecedent to feeding time, and the dogs would then become conditioned to salivate upon the stimuli presented before food was actually presented.
Hence, the image (above) of my Australian Shepherd, Molly, licking her chops. All we have to do is mention “treat, snack, breakfast, lunch, or supper,” and she begins licking her lips. The other day it made me wonder who Pavlov’s dog was, but then I discovered, he had many dogs! Duh!
Oh well . . . Pavlov and Molly conspired to make me think about who Pavlov’s dog was, which inspired a poem. I hope you enjoy “Pavlov’s Dog.”
I heard the news today about Zuckerburg’s apology. It seems he is being judged guilty by people of all stripes and walks of life. I’m not a pollyanna: I don’t believe the world will ever live in peace, harmony, and unity. But it isn’t a bad thing to hope and pray for it. There is a lot to be said about the prayers of a righteous person in the Book of James.
Anyway, the whole mess inspired a new haiku. I hope you enjoy Big Data: Precious Oil . . . .