August 18th, 2005

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"his song peals down through time"

Apologies for being so quiet! I have been finishing class preparations, because I will be leaving tomorrow to attend an international conference on "Liberty and Property in the 21st Century," which relates directly to my latest work in Native American policy. Above and beyond the subject matter, I am quite thrilled also that this means a week in Reykjavik, Iceland, with a nice side trip to Thingvellir. As one who is fascinated by the Icelandic sagas, the Eddas, and Icelandic law, I couldn't be more excited. I've been doing lots of rereading in preparation for the trip. I will "see" all of you in LJ-land soon!

My class preparations now are completed. In case you are interested, here are the specifics:
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In other news, I am happy to report that the schedule for the "Past Watchful Dragons" C.S. Lewis conference is now available online under "Schedule." Don't forget that the pastdragons community is available for updates on the event.

And last, I will miss H.P. Lovecraft's birthday while I am away. So, in expectation of August 20, I offer this quote of the day, from his homage to another of the masters. Happy birthday, HPL!

Eternal brood the shadows on this ground,
Dreaming of centuries that have gone before;
Great elms rise solemnly by slab and mound,
Arched high above a hidden world of yore.
Round all the scene a light of memory plays,
And dead leaves whisper of departed days,
Longing for sights and sounds that are no more.

Lonely and sad, a specter glides along
Aisles where of old his living footsteps fell;
No common glance discerns him, though his song
Peals down through time with a mysterious spell.
Only the few who sorcery's secret know,
Espy amidst these tombs the shade of Poe.

"Where Once Poe Walked," by H.P. Lovecraft
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