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rebuilding the indian
[Book Review]
   Once, when the Flyer and I were laboring along, huffing and puffing, an older woman in sweatpants and running shoes crossed the street to talk to me.
   "Out of gas?" she says.
   "No," I tell her. "I think it's a dead battery. This time, at least."
   "Oh," she says. "That's a shame. It certainly is pretty, your motorcycle. I don't believe I've ever heard of an Indian before."
   I tell her I wish I'd never heard of one either, then I push the Flyer on back to my shop for another evening of troubleshooting.

nuts from hell
   I have stood near an outbuilding out back and felt the whiz and the plop of a hickory nut falling nearby. And I've wondered if people are injured by the things. I have been tempted to ask emergency room doctors if there is some accident code that describes "mortal wound by nut" or "knocked unconscious by nut" or "squirrel-thrown nut hematoma."

hope is the thing with feathers
Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all

u p c o m i n g

the gold-plated porsche
[Book Review]

you can't buy this book
   The book is an adaptation of Vergil's Aeneid. This one's over a hundred years old and interesting — not because of Vergil but because of its use of Vergil. Things in classical education during the first half of the 1800s weren't as rosy as might be thought, and the introduction of this book spells out a pathway of educational reform for its time.
   By closely reading an old introduction of an old book you can think about things that matter in today's education, if for no other reason than that the old ways of grounding educational reform seem so "quaint." — Not that our current ways are any better or more certain.

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