Monday, May 25, 2020


Summer Travels

Well, those haiku covered a lot of ground! First, my dad took me back to a great childhood memory:

First night Holiday 
Inn in Hurley Wisconson
pool salad bar smiles.

Then Christine posted her own hopes:

Bought a paddle board
Plan to spend time on the lake
being by myself.

While IPLawGuy registered a memory:

Long rides in a car
Showing kids America
Learning new myself.

Jill Scoggins brought us right back to this moment:

Going to Texas.
Fearful but also eager
to see family.

We live in a time
where trav’ling to see those we
love most, scares us most.

Steve hit close to home:

Canoe in water.
Hup. Dip. Dip. Dip. Dip. Dip. Hup.
Repeat and Repeat.

While Anonymous George looked further away:

Palm Springs, O, Palm Springs.
One hundred and eleven high.
Glad my trip is off.

I'm not sure whether the Medievalist is here or there:

Now leaving Waco,
Planes wheels on the runway go,
Touchdown in Madrid.

But, boy, I would like to see what Desiree is seeing (or remembering):

Walking at midnight 
Watching sea turtles lay eggs
Magic on the beach.

Sunday, May 24, 2020


Sunday Reflection: What comes next?

Things are changing.

States are opening up, and so are the doors to homes and businesses. I see some people being careful, and others being careless as they venture out of isolation. I am probably somewhere in between.

The United States never pursued the route some other countries did (with varying degrees of success). While they sought to stamp out the Coronavirus with stringent isolation and tracing, we simply wanted to "flatten the curve"-- lots of people would still get the disease, but the medical system would better be able to handle it. In some places, that seems to be working. The problem with this model, of course, is that many people-- nearly 100,000 already-- die of the illness.

It's going to be a long, cruel year. I don't know how school will work in the fall (and I teach school). I do know that we have a long way to go in this fight. 

There is this basic human conundrum we face in so many ways: the tension between what we want to do and what we should do. Often, people finesse this by pretending that these two are the same-- that what they want to do is also what is morally right. For example, people who ignore safety precautions and venture out into the mall without a mask are casting their decision as morally right because it is a blow for "freedom." Which... it's not. We always have the freedom to do harmful things within the bounds of the law, but that doesn't expand freedom any. That freedom already existed. 

Politics has pushed some Americans to conflate selfishness with patriotism, when for all of American history the opposite has been true: patriotism is rooted in sacrifice and selflessness. What a sad corner to have turned....

Saturday, May 23, 2020


Archie Williams sings

Friday, May 22, 2020


Haiku Friday: Summer Travels, Real and Imagined

The days are getting longer-- here in Minnesota, dusk stretches until nine at night, this soft lift through pines.

If you are like me, you are thinking about summer travels-- trips that may not be possible this year, at least not in the way we might hope.  Everything is on hold, it seems.

But let's haiku about summer travel, if only in our imaginations. Here, I will go first:

Warm water, gentle waves
A lifeguard in a Speedo
One bird flies past, low.

Now it is your turn! Just use the 5/7/5 syllable plan, and have some fun!

Thursday, May 21, 2020


PMT: We will feel our way through the dark

I looked and looked for this video, of a song and a scene that I love. It hid from me for a while, and then I found it the way a spy spots the opposing army, with a leaping heart.

And then I watched it again, and all I wanted to do was immediately go directly to Ireland and rent a car and go to Dick Mack's pub in Dingle and talk to people (which is something my family tends to do). Well, I might need a time machine forward or backwards for that, of course, but you get my heart, right? The joy of small spaces full of warmth and people is lost to us for a too-long moment.

And that may be why people just aren't doing it anymore-- aren't staying at home, aren't avoiding everyone else, aren't following the rules. It's wrong, but we are social animals. That balance, that tension, is always there, between the urge to do something and the rules and reasons to not do it. It's what criminal law is all about. Also, mercy.

But in the moment...
If you walk my way
I could keep my head
We will feel our way
Through the dark.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020


YLS '90: Michele Baker Richardson

I've been devoting Wednesdays on the blog to profiling my classmates from the Yale Law Class of 1990.

I have a very clear memory of Michele Baker Richardson from the first year of law school: that she seemed like she was already a lawyer, just masquerading as a student as some kind of research project or something.

She came to YLS after getting a degree from Brown and then working in advertising for several years-- that probably accounted for her poise amidst the rest of us. 

After law school, she had a number of fascinating jobs (like an awful lot of my other classmates). At one time or another she was a writing instructor at Stanford, the Dean of Students at the University of Chicago's law school, and a professor  at two other law schools in the Chicago area.  Then she founded--and now runs--Higher Education Advocates, an organization that helps people go through the confusing process of applying to college and graduate school.

It makes me happy that so many of us have gone into work where we help students in one way or another-- it's deeply fulfilling work that makes a very real difference in the lives of others. 

Tuesday, May 19, 2020


New release dates for movies

I really miss going to see movies in a theater! Yes, we can watch them at home slumped down on the couch, but it just isn't the same for me. It's not quite the difference between seeing a baseball game at the park vs. watching it on TV, but it's the same kind of thing.

According to Vulture, here are the new release dates for movies:


Moved from Aril 24, 2020 to a date TBD.


Moved from April 17, 2020 to a date TBD.

Artemis Fowl

Moved from May 29, 2020 to June 12, 2020, and it will premiere on Disney+ instead of in theaters.

The Artist’s Wife

Moved from April 3, 2020 to a date TBD.

The Batman

Moved from June 25, 2021, to October 1, 2021.

Black Widow

Moved from May 11, 2020 to November 6, 2020.

Blue Story

Moved from March 20, 2020 to a date TBD.


Moved from March 20, 2020 to a VOD release date of May 1, 2020.


Moved from June 12, 2020 to September 25, 2020.

Charm City Kings

The opening was shifted from April 10, 2020 to August 14, 2020 and then to August 21, 2020.

The Climb

Moved from March 20, 2020 to a date TBD.


Moved from March 20, 2020 to a date TBD.

Doctor Strange Into The Multiverse of Madness

Moved from May 7, 2021 to March 25, 2022.

Dungeons & Dragons

Moved from Nov. 19, 2021 to May 27, 2022.

The Eternals

Moved from November 6, 2020 to February 12, 2021.


Moved from May 22, 2020 to April 2, 2021.


This Kevin Hart movie has actually been moved up from January 15, 2021 to October 23, 2020.

First Cow

Although the new Kelly Reichardt film did start its limited release on March 6, 2020 A24 announced that they will re-release the film theatrically later on in 2020.

The Flash

Moved from July 1, 2022, to June 3, 2022.

Free Guy

Moved from July 3, 2020 to December 11, 2020.

The French Dispatch

Moved from July 24, 2020 to October 16, 2020.

The Forever Purge

Moved from July 10, 2020 to a date TBD.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Moved from July 10, 2020 to March 5, 2021.


Moved from June 12, 2020 to a date TBD.

In the Heights

Moved from June 26, 2020 to June 18, 2021.

Jungle Cruise

Moved from July 24, 2020 to July 30, 2021.

King Richards

Moved from November 21, 2020, to November 25, 2021.

The Lovebirds

Moved from April 3, 2020 to a TBD date when it will debut on Netflix.


Moved from August 14, 2020 to a date TBD.

The Many Saints of Newark

Moved from September 25, 2020, to March 12, 2021.

Minions: Rise of Gru

Moved from July 3, 2020 to July 2, 2021.

Mission Impossible: 7

Moved from July 23, 2021 to November 19, 2021

Mission Impossible: 8

Moved from August. 5, 2022 to November 4, 2022.


Moved from July 31, 2020 to March 19, 2021.


Moved from March 27, 2020 to July 24, 2020.

My Spy

Moved from April 17, 2020 to a date TBD when it will premiere digitally on Amazon.

The New Mutants

Moved from April 3, 2020 to a date TBD.

The Nightingale

Moved from December 25, 2020 to December 22, 2021.

No Time to Die

Moved from April 10, 2020 to November 25, 2020.


Moved from August 14, 2020 to February 26, 2021.

The Personal History of David Copperfield

Moved from May 8, 2020 to a date TBD.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Moved from August 7, 2020 to January 15, 2021.

Praise This

Moved from September 25, 2020 to date TBD.

Raya and The Last Dragon

Moved from November 25, 2020 to March 12, 2021.


Moved from May 8, 2020 to a release date TBD.


Moved from May 15, 2020 to a date TBD.

The Secret Garden

Moved from April 17, 2020 to August 14, 2020.

Shang-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings

Moved from February 21, 2021 to May 7, 2021.

Shazam! 2

Moved from April 1, 2022, to November 4, 2022.

Spiral: From The Book of Saw

Moved from May 15, 2020 to a date TBD.


Moved from June 19, 2020 to November 20, 2020.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Moved from November 5, 2021 to February 18, 2022.

The Tomorrow War

Moved from December 25, 2020 to July 23, 2021.

Top Gun: Maverick

Moved from June 24, 2020 to December 23, 2020.

The Truth

Moved from March 20, 2020 to a date TBD.


Moved from March 5, 2021 to August 8, 2021.

Untitled Elvis Movie

Moved from October 1, 2021, to November 5, 2021.

Untitled Indiana Jones Movie

Moved from July 9, 2021 to July 29, 2022.

Untitled Spider-Man: Far From Home Sequel

Moved from July 16, 2021, to November 5, 2021.

Untitled Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Sequel

Moved from April 8, 2022, to October 7, 2022.

Venom: Let There Be Carnage

Moved from October 2, 2020 to June 25, 2021.

Without Remorse

Moved from September 18, 2020 to October 2, 2020.

The Woman in the Window

Moved from May 15, 2020 to a date TBD.

Wonder Woman 1984

Moved from June 5, 2020 to August 14, 2020.

Working Man

Moved from a theatrical release on March 27, 2020 to a VOD release on May 5, 2020.

Monday, May 18, 2020


Graduation poems

All right! We got a good one from Desiree (though I want to see the picture):

Photo of heel click
Graduation tradition 
For all Di Mauros.

and Christine:

Butterflies and tears
Anticipation, meaning...
Time, so bittersweet.

And Dr. Daniel Price:

An ending and a
beginning; "commencement's" twin
meanings embrace all.

And, fortunately, Minnesota's own Medievalist:

I have seen many,
Endings and beginnings all,
A contradiction.

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