I taught Classics for 40+ years and am now Capron Professor Emeritus of Classics at Monmouth College in Illinois. Read more about me at www.tomsienkewicz.com.

Growing fruit trees in Monmouth, Illinois, has always been a challenge. The climate is not quite right and there is often a cold snap just as the trees are blossoming. Over the years I have planted and lost any number of trees: apple, apricot, pear, cherry, etc.

Once I planted…

On June 3, I came across this punny meme on Facebook:

I reposted it and was inspired the next day to post this pun:
Employment opportunity for loafers at bread factory.

That post led to a long stream of daily posts of bread-related puns. These puns are listed here, not…

The beginning of May is the time for many purple-flowered plants to bloom, including lilac, allium, spiderwort and, especially, iris. There are more than two hundred different species of iris and, while the most common color of an iris flower is, indeed, some shade of purple, iris flowers can actually…

Promotional Poster for Cacoyannis’ Trojan Women (1971)

Since I had studied Greek in high school, I naively felt qualified to enroll in the Hellenic Traditions Seminar in my freshman year at Holy Cross (in 1968–69). The topic of this two-semester seminar was Aeschylus, probably the most difficult of the surviving Greek tragedians to read, and we were…

Prep Concert Band 1967

I was never much interested in athletics and never joined a sports team, but in high school I eagerly joined the band. I did not know how to play a band instrument, but I had taken piano lessons in grade school and the band director offered lessons to prospective band…

My Seedings: Chard in upper left, basil in lower left, leeks in lower right and plum tomatoes in upper right

In an earlier blog, I wrote about garden catalogues. I’d like to follow up today by writing about growing plants from seeds.

I haven’t usually planted seeds in the house in early spring. While I was still working, I didn’t really have time to tend them properly and the times…

Tom Sienkewicz

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