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The spirit of Dr. Daniel Politoske continues to haunt me.

More than 20 years ago, as a doctoral student at the University of Kansas: Dr. Politoske gently corrects his students who say ‘hopefully’ when they really mean ‘hopeful.’

As in, “Hopefully, I’ll do that tomorrow.”  Do we really mean that we do this tomorrow in a hopeful manner?

Better to say “I am hoping I’ll do that tomorrow” or “Let’s hope I’ll do that tomorrow.”

This has stuck with me for years!

Add this from a few years ago: https://www.npr.org/2012/05/30/153709651/the-word-hopefully-is-here-to-stay-hopefully

But I always say “thankfully” when I should say “I am thankful that.”



Spem in Alium

Thanks to Amy Waldron (a classmate from KU) for pointing out this interview with Simon Carrington, featuring a discussion of Tallis’ “Spem in Alium.”

Simon tells the story of that 1997 tour to England.  I was on that tour, and sang bass in Choir Two.  That performance under the Salisbury spire will live with me to the grave.

And Simon tells of giving Nick Maurice a signed copy of the score.  Well, that was initially my doing.  We were singing an Evensong at Magdalen College, Oxford, and after lunch in Hall, we had some free time.  I trotted down to Blackwells to look for some Herbert Howells scores, and saw the Tallis score.  I bought two copies — one for me, and one to give to Nick.  The rest of the story is Simon’s to tell.  (I did purchase a bunch of HH scores too!)

We sang the Tallis at several venues:  in the chapel at Marlborough College, at Salisbury, at Magdalen College in the ante-chapel after Evensong, and I think at St. John’s Church in London.  My voice isn’t the same, but I’d love to sing this again one more time.

Here’s the video of the KU Chamber Choir singing the Tallis at Salisbury Cathedral. I am the fifth person from the right.

#Reminiscences: 1997

A portion of a letter to my parents in Argentina, written in June 1997:

The letter was sent by email, then printed in Argentina by my parents.  They used tractor-fed paper and a dot-matrix printer.


  • I did have a hernia, and it required surgery a few months later.
  • I continue to marvel that I get to do what I do, and get paid for it.
  • I am not any younger now, and finding that even more aches and pains are real.  And so is hearing loss.

#PostcardMonday: First day of school

The new school year’s classes begin today at Webster University.

I am starting my 21st year of full-time college teaching, and my 31st year of teaching in higher education.

And as I do so today, I am ever so grateful for those life-changing three years at the University of Kansas, where I earned my doctorate. I could write volumes about the learning, the lifetime relationships, the formation, the music, the beer, the travel.

Rock Chalk Jayhawk!

Reminiscences: moving to Kansas

Found in my father’s belongings: this postcard, addressed to my grandmother, giving my new address in Kansas when I moved there on January 2, 1997.

The “choking back tears” reference proved false. My three years at KU, and most of that also living in Lawrence, were the single best three years of my life to date.