From Pine View Farm

Hoist on His Own Petard 0

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One of my history professors used to delight in pointing out what he called “the ironies of history.”

Image via Juanita Jean.


Those ironies are oft bittersweet.

I think the professor was Dr. Bill Shade, under whom I studied the Early Federal Period during my year in graduate school, out of which I dropped, for I realized that I was not cut out to be an academician.* (Hell, when I drove away in my U-Haul heading east back to the Eastern Shore, I did indeed feel a weight lift from my shoulders. It was a metaphor come to life.)

He was a bright spot in that experience


*”Academic” is an adjective. “Academician” is a noun. It’s called “proper usage.” Live with it.


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