Monthly Archives: March 2012

Our Far-Flung Alumni: Barbara Coburn

March 21, 2012 Barbara Coburn passed this week. I believe she was the first Earlham alumna I knew — or at least knew had gone to Earlham.  She taught me Geography in 9th grade at Penfield High School in suburban … Continue reading

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Meanings: Buses, Busses

March 16, 2012 Buses and busses have been on my mind.  No, not because tomorrow is the day when I’ll see urgings to “kiss me, I’m Irish.” Rather, it’s because of a sign at Williams-Cone School here in Topsham, Maine, … Continue reading

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Quaker Matters: What Makes AFSC Quaker

March 8, 2012 On the American Friends Service Committee’s Acting in Faith blog, I have a recent piece on “AFSC’s Work: Of Friends, Not By Friends or For Friends.” The Observatory focuses largely on higher education matters.  I’ve written about … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Bluff”

March 8, 2012 The word “bluff” has two meanings, one refers a landscape feature, the other (noun or verb) refers to a tactic in a poker game or a contest of wills. Though both are from Dutch words, they appear … Continue reading

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Our Far-Flung Alumni: Andrew Gingery

March 3, 2012 Organ-builder: perfect career choice for an Earlhamite, especially one who first choice of a major was chemistry, before he stumbled upon an organ, probably in Earlham’s Goddard Auditorium.  Today, Andrew Gingery is project manager for C. B. … Continue reading

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Meanings: “Meh”

March 2, 2012 It is a word on the rise. According to the Boston Globe’s Ben Zimmer, it’s “an exclamation, ‘an expression of indifference or boredom’, and as an adjective, it means ‘mediocre or boring’.”  (The quotations are from The … Continue reading

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Meanings: Colon

March 2, 2012 There are two clear meanings: a mark of punctuation and an internal body organ that is downstream from the intestines.  But is one a metaphor for the other?  Not sure I can tell, though they arise from … Continue reading

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