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Drive, return, blackout: Selected sketches from my holiday travels

January 6, 2020

By Matthew E. MillikenMEMwrites.wordpress.comJan. 6, 2019 2020 I left my home on the morning of Monday, Dec. 23, 2019, and did a bit of holiday shopping in downtown Durham before heading north to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area. (I later realized, in reviewing and deleting old email messages, that my shopping errand could have been […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 3-0 Stanford

September 21, 2018

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 21, 2018 Thankfully for those in the Research Triangle, Hurricane Florence had its strongest effects elsewhere in the Carolinas. I wound up listening to the first half of the UC Davis–Stanford game on the Internet on a rainy (but not spectacularly so) Saturday afternoon before driving to James Joyce […]

A short drive through downtown Durham

March 9, 2017

By Matthew E. Milliken March 9, 2017 Author’s note: The day after this blog post was original published, I adjusted one paragraph after realizing that I’d driven through the Brightleaf District closer to 7:40 p.m. than 8 p.m. As usual, additions are marked with boldface text; deletions, with a strikethrough line. MEM I inserted myself into the wake of a car […]

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October 31, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken Oct. 31, 2016 On the most recent episode of Hurricane Matthew was sweeping along the coast of the Carolinas; the Triangle got some rain — at times heavy rain — along with some flooding and a bit of wind. But otherwise, little weather-related drama took place in my part of […]

Weathering the storm: Rain and wind and walking and football

October 27, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken Oct. 27, 2016 As I mentioned briefly during my writeup of the Stanford-Notre Dame game, the Fighting Irish’s 10-3 loss to North Carolina State in Raleigh on Oct. 8 took place in waterlogged conditions. That day, Hurricane Matthew was sweeping along the coast of the Carolinas; the Triangle got some rain […]

Bad-Ugly-Good: Taking stock of 4-3 Stanford

October 24, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken Oct. 24, 2016 I should have taken my own suggestion. On Saturday, I contemplated going on a long walk prior to Stanford’s kickoff against Colorado. Instead, I took the lazy route and lounged about my house before walking one mile so I could take care of an errand right before kickoff. Later, as the […]

Must hustle, can’t slow: Chronicle of a second-place finisher

April 20, 2016

By Matthew E. Milliken April 20, 2016 I did a bunch of walking last week, thanks in no small part to wearable technology. My niece, A—, issued a Workweek Hustle challenge through Fitbit, marking the second time she, my Parental Unit and I had engaged in a competition since my niece got a Fitbit […]

Things to go, see and do in Durham: Part 3

December 14, 2015

By Matthew E. Milliken Dec. 14, 2015 Recently, I was asked about things to visit and do in Durham, where I’ve lived for about seven and a half years. I’ve split my response, which has been lightly edited, into three blog posts. The first one was about Duke-related places; the second was about Durham’s non-Duke stuff; and finally this one covers a few miscellaneous items. […]

Trivial anecdotes from a recent Saturday night

September 9, 2014

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 9, 2014 Saturday. Before 8 p.m., I stop by Alivia’s in the Brightleaf district of Durham, N.C. I order shrimp with cheese grits — light on the cheese. There are two college football games on the televisions: Michigan State at Oregon, the day’s marquee match-up, and a pixellated, halting […]

Football, television and beer: Rambling thoughts on these three things

September 9, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken Sept. 9, 2013 At the beginning of 2002, I moved out of my childhood home (at a rather advanced age — but never mind that) and into a small studio apartment on Broadway near Columbia University, where I was then pursuing graduate studies at the renowned journalism school. One of […]