Sunday, February 26, 2006

back from an afternoon at Doc Annis's wake ... met up with mom & meg & beth & rihab ... found mike greenwell in from s.f. .. ran into a handful of past students ... charlie d. ... kevin o. ... and of course the wonderful annis clan ... compliments of doc and steph ... can't remember when i last met mike & tim ... we were kids ... ach ... but now i'm old & tired & am staring down the barrel of another monday ... and there's plenty to do before then ... more when i'm more ... coherent

posted at 9:13 PM


Saturday, February 25, 2006

float is a pretty crazy word

posted at 7:49 PM


Friday, February 24, 2006

very sad news from mom on the death of an old family friend ...

Raymond L. Annis, M.D.
Age 81. At rest Wednesday, February 22, 2006 at his late residence, with his family at his side. Born in Joliet and a lifelong resident. Served two tours of duty with the U.S. Navy during WWII and again with the U.S. Air Force in the mid 1950's. Graduate of Joliet Catholic High School Class of 1943, he attended Brown University and graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1950. Retired from Joliet Medical Group in December of 1989 following 40 years of dedicated service as an Ob/Gyn. Member of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Joliet Evening Lions Club, De LaSalle Joliet Catholic High School Alumni Association, Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home Board Member, and the Joliet Elks Lodge #296. Dr. Annis dedicated his time and talents to many charitable organizations including fundraising for Catholic education. He was an avid fisherman and woodworker.

Survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Stephanie (nee Leck) Annis of Joliet; beloved father of John S. (Mary) Annis of Joliet, Michael (Kim Megaro) Annis of Colleyville, TX, Timothy (Mikki) Annis of Bourbonnais, IL, R. Scott (Dr. Dayna Schwarz) Annis of Shorewood, Mary Beth (Bill) Macfarlane of Shorewood and Lynn (Tony) Zajda of Plainfield; devoted grandfather of Christopher, Melissa, Thomas, John, Jeffery, Amber, Stephanie, Kevin, Katherine, Claire, Devin and Darren Annis, Michelle, Sarah and Mathew Macfarlane, Emily, Ann and Ellen Zajda; also survived by his sister-in-law, Patricia Leck of Joliet; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceded in death by his parents, John and Mabel (nee Sevarence) Annis and one brother, John.
The Annis Family would like to extend their sincere appreciation to caregivers, Diane Richards, Diane Kijewski and Louise Simmons, the caring and supportive staff of Joliet Area Community Hospice, Dr. Cataldo and his nurse, Kathy, and Dr. Yi and his nurse, Carol.
Funeral Services for Raymond L. Annis, M.D. will be Monday, February 27, 2006 at 9:15 a.m. from the funeral home to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church for a concelebrated Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. Interment Woodlawn Memorial Park. Memorials in his name to Joliet Area Community Hospice.

Visitation Sunday 2-8 p.m. at:
3200 Black At Essington Rds., Joliet
For information: (815) 741-5500

from The Joliet Herald News

posted at 11:34 AM

so the bands were strong ... these are not yr daddy's old high school garage bands ... the musical craft ... stage presence ... confident delivery ... big musical ideas ... made for a really good evening ... to pick out the influences ... i heard some dave matthews, pixies, modern lovers (j. richman too), (or was it weezer?), dylan & the band, hendrix, sonic youth, & some general jazz fusing ... and the current sound to which i can't attach a name because i'm too much a geezer ... fun ... left before hearing who won

posted at 7:42 AM


Thursday, February 23, 2006

battle of the bands tonight ... a big mess of carmel talent on display ... 7pm ... i resisted the call to be a chaperone ... but i'll be there for as much as i can bear

posted at 3:53 PM

Mexico Murphy Memoirs ... why am i just finding this? (kids these days) ...

posted at 3:33 PM

seniors are writing an in-class essay ... i am reading wise blood and "some aspects of the grotesque in southern fiction" ... in advance of tomorrow's class ... first use of flannery o'connor's stuff ...

posted at 11:02 AM

Poetseers ... what might be the opposite of this? if one is not a seer? if one chooses not to see? or if one is unable to see past a certain point? or if one thinks any poem worth being a poem is some effort to see something? even (is it dead yet?) flarf ... even (especially?) vispo ... even ... ? seeing surfaces and seeing surfaces as provocations ... ? or not seeing much of anything at all?

posted at 8:49 AM


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Epigramititis: 118 Living American Poets > :: BlazeVOX [books] :: | CafePress

posted at 8:27 PM

THE GODOT SOCIETY ... a student (not mine) project

posted at 8:11 PM


Tuesday, February 21, 2006

"The natural or normal course of human growing up must begin with some sort of rebellion against one's parents, for it is clearly impossilbe to grow up if one remains a child. But the child, in the process of rebellion and of achieving the emotional and economic independence that rebellion ought to lead to, finally comes to understand the parents as fellow humans and fellow sufferers, and in some manner returns to them as their friend, forgiven and forgiving the inevitable wrongs of family life. That is the old norm.

The new norm, according to which the child leaves home as a student and never lives at home again, interrupts the old course of coming of age at the point of rebellion, so that the child is apt to remain stalled in adolescence, never achieving any kind of reconciliation or friendship with the parents. Of course, such a return and reconciliation cannot be achieved without the recognition of mutual practical need. In the present economy, however, where individual dependences are so much exterior to both household and community, family members often have no practical need or use for one another. Hence the frequent futility of attempts at a purely psychological or emotional reconciliation."

Wendell Berry, "The Work of Local Culture" in What Are People For? (1990)

posted at 8:05 PM


Monday, February 20, 2006

Happy Birthday, John Murphy!!

best and onlyest older brother i'll ever get in this life ...

may you have many more! and good ones!

Born in Indianapolis in 1922, Kurt Vonnegut Jr was encouraged to believe that once the Great Depression was over, technological advances would ensure prosperity for all. His father, an architect, insisted that he should become a scientist like his brother. "What actually happened," he recalls in his collected speeches, "was that we dropped scientific truth on Hiroshima. We killed everybody there."

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