Saturday, July 31, 2010

What I've Been Reading

Here are some books not named The Canterbury Tales that I read this summer.

Friday, July 30, 2010

My Last Week at Yale

Friends, it's hard to believe, but I have less than a week left in my summer at Yale.  I finished my final project today and have only a few more tales to read before I get to the end of The Canterbury Tales.  It's not quite time to leave yet, but it's getting there.  Real life beckons.

Old Campus.  Statue of Theodore Dwight Woolsey

Thursday, July 29, 2010

The Knyghtes Tale

The reason I am attending this seminar, of course, is to learn how to teach The Canterbury Tales to my students back home.  Having said that, I have been working on my final project, which is a compilation of creative assignments for my students.  Above is a glog, which I completed at

The Merye Compaignye

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Weekend in New York Part 3: Brooklyn

When a friend offers to let you stay in her Brooklyn apartment for the weekend, you say "Yes."

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Let's Hear it for The Place

My favorite place to eat here in Connecticut is an unassuming seafood place called, simply enough, The Place. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I have been putting it off, but it is now time for me to dedicate a blog post to the incredible amount of construction that has been surrounding me since I arrived in New Haven some four weeks ago.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Making Postcards

I have rediscovered my old hobby of turning my photographs into postcards.  If you want one, email me your address to  I don't even have to know who you are.  Doesn't matter.  

Friday, July 16, 2010

Medieval Saint of the Week #3: St. Benedict

Do you ever wish life came with an instruction manual?  It does.  Benedict wrote it.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Weekend in New York Part 2: The Mets

We didn't just view thousand-year-old artwork during our brief trip to New York; we also saw the Mets.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Medieval Saint of the Week #2: St. Francis of Assisi

We are all familiar with the image of St. Francis of Assisi, the benevolent, bearded man who speaks to animals and allows the birds to perch on his shoulders.  However, the real Francis was a controversial figure who impelled many people to abandon their worldly lives and roam the country in poverty.

Francis, pictured in his simple robe and cord, which were the only articles of clothing he believed a friar needed.  (He made allowances for a pair of shoes, if absolutely necessary.)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Oh, the Places I Go!

I've been in New Haven for nine days so far, and today I found myself referring to my dorm room as "home."  While I do miss my friends and family, I do feel at home here, and I wanted to share some of the places I see on a daily basis.

This stairwell takes you to Chaucer.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Odds and Sods

Here are some more pictures that I took during my first week at Yale that haven't fit in to any of my previous blog posts.  I have included captions.

The Knyghtes Tale.  It's a long one.

In the Midst of Life, We Are in Death

Today, I toured the underground crypt of Center Church.  Follow me inside, if ye dare...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Life and Afterlife of Handsome Dan

Please allow me to introduce to you Handsome Dan, an English bulldog that Yale adopted in 1889 as their mascot.  Here is a picture of him taken during the 1890s:

And here is a picture I took of him today: