Syllabi and Sympathy

Would it be inappropriate for me to add to my syllabi that, if a student informs me of the death of a relative, hoping that this excuse will justify an absence to attend the funeral, I will excuse them, but will also send a card to their family offering my condolences? If you are an [Read More...]

In Memoriam: John William McKenzie Brady

Today at 10 am is the funeral for “Mack” Brady, son of well-known scholar and biblioblogger Christian Brady. Bob Cargill and Steve Caruso have already shared tributes, as well as information on the funeral arrangements and a scholarship fund that has been set up in Mack’s memory. Joel Watts suggested that we have a period [Read More...]

Happy Black Thursday

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the United States. The name of the holiday is self-explanatory – or it should be. But in fact, it sits oddly beside the custom of “celebrating” Black Friday – i.e. making the day after Thanksgiving a day of special sales in which people have been trampled to death trying to get [Read More...]

Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks

Revelation of the Daleks is a rather morbid episode set at a galactic funeral home. It has much comedy in it, as always, but some of the humor is blacker. The Doctor and Peri arrive on the suitably-named planet Necros, supposedly for the funeral or memorial service for a friend of the Doctor’s. The Doctor [Read More...]

Scenes from the Lives of Snowpeople

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