Uxorial degrees

Caren is working on her PhD in Apparel History. So far, my experience is that any PhD taken by one should automatically confer a BA/BS on the spouse.

The following words are new to me:


Mutton sleeves

Pouter pigeon silhouette


Mindfulness and Planning

It’s hard to be present when the future is coming. And you have plans and commitments for the future. Like my podcast.

All I can say is be deliberate about your time planning and preparing. When it is time, do it. When it is not, do not.

Everything has a (temporal) place. As a worrier, this is hard.

Hoarding Checks

I’ve been a full-time accountant for over 3 years now, and I am still amazed how many people hoard, lose and/or don’t bother to cash large checks sent to them.

With the rise of electronic payments this has become less of a problem, but in some cases a check just works better and then people sit on them. For months in many cases.

This personal anecdote plus the annual “average savings rate” statistics are sobering realities. I can only tell you to set up automatic transactions that force you to save. And if you are lucky enough to have a 401k with matching, please take advantage. Otherwise, you are throwing away free money.

Missed one // Poetry

For the first time since April 3rd, I missed a daily blog post. For an excellent cause, to be sure. So we will ease back into it with some poetry.


I saw an article that

Asked when poetry stopped being read

I think it was when people

Stopped listening to words and started

Reading things that tell

And don’t show


Not sure how I feel about that one.

Podcast: The Anarchy

Here it is: the first official announcement on my upcoming history podcast.

It will look into the background, causes, character and aftermath of the Anarchy in 1100s England.

This is an exciting but rarely discussed (among non-professional historians) period that connects the Norman Conquest with the Plantangenet/Avengin Empire of Henry II and his heirs.

It features a dynasty destroying shipwreck, several powerful female characters which pre-date the over-examined Eleanor of Acquitaine, and a decades-long war that left England largely rulerless.

Bottom line: Empress Maud should have a popular history book and ultimately movie or TV series. This is my effort to jump start that.

I envision this as my first series of podcasts focusing on medieval history. Right now, I feel like it will last about 10 1-hour episodes. Maybe more, maybe a little less. No promises there. And once those are wrapped up, I don’t have a second series topic picked yet. We’ll see what kind of traction I get and I’ll see if the audience has particular interests. More links coming as I get things set up. First episode in June.

As a final request: I need a title for the podcast as a whole. I’m leaning toward Illuminated Medieval right now, but I’ll take suggestions.