On My Desk: Duane W.H. Arnold, PhD

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17 Responses

  1. Michael says:

    Well said.
    It’s the lack of common decency that concerns me the most…and the temptation to be indecent in response.
    We aren’t going to heal quickly from the wounds we’ve inflicted on each other…

  2. Duane Arnold says:


    Many thanks. Decency, civility, trusting in facts rather than conspiracies… it will be a long road back.

  3. Em says:

    Dr. Duane, i love you my brother, but that is one of the most depressing, beat up by life, faces i have ever seen. 😇

    Worse than my own……

  4. Duane Arnold says:

    It tends to match the way I feel some mornings…

  5. Xenia says:

    Looks like a large number of the President’s staff has the Corona Virus. People on Twitter think there’s some kind of conspiracy. They are say “only two options to explain this.” ONE, they aren’t really sick, just following some playbook or TWO, one of Trump’s enemies deliberately infected his staff.

    How about THREE, because of a stupidly cavalier attitude they mingled with infected people and got infected themselves?

    Meanwhile, here’s what’s on my desk, from left to right:

    1. A small plastic set of drawers filled with paper clips, rubber bands and bookmarks.
    2. Several small notebooks to keep track of my aquariums.
    3. A flower pot with rulers, pens and paint brushes.
    4. Quite a few flower pots/ mugs of this sort, actually.
    5. Cheap computer speakers
    6. Several pairs of Dollar Tree reading glasses in exotic colors
    7. Zoega’s “A Concise Old Icelandic Dictionary” (Old Norse)
    8. A pile of Old Norse poetry I am supposed to be translating.
    9. A lamp from IKEA
    10. A nail clipper
    11. A paperback edition of an Old Norse poem about the Virgin Mary I am thinking about working into my final thesis.
    12. An old iPhone with a “Bob is a Hobbit” sticker
    13. More cups full of pens and mechanical pencils, erasers all worn down.
    14. My laptop
    15. A mug of tepid coffee
    16. The desk itself is a pine table from IKEA, chair is from the thrift shop.
    17. On the wall above, a white board with upcoming online stuff and an Old Norse personal pronoun paradigms.

  6. Em says:

    Xenia, the queen of multitasking..

    My desk along with the rest of my stuff has been in storage for 7 1/2 years…. I wonder what’s left as i saw a “duplicate” of one very unusual piece of furniture that i bought over 60 years ago in an open house….. last year….

  7. Duane Arnold says:

    A working desk.

    I actually have five desks in total – my bedroom desk (described), a desk in the library (specifically for referencing books), a desk in the workshop for projects, a computer desk in the basement and a drafting table that I use as a standing desk… each serves a different purpose

  8. Em says:

    Ahh a drafting table as a stand up work space… been there, done that – great relief from a long sit. 🙆
    Gave ours to a grandson, for him i turned out to be a great affirmation of his potential as his older, smarter. brother had been a bit of a bully

  9. Duane Arnold says:


    Indeed! Got the idea after seeing Churchill’s at Chartwell years ago…

  10. Xenia says:

    Duane, I’ve only got one. It’s my daughters’ old bedroom, what I euphemistically call “The Library.” It’s great! It’s got a couch, an aquarium (a cichlid named Ragnar), a music room (took the door off the closet and I attempt to practice the recorder in there), 4 large bookcases, a mouse named Reepicheep, a fake wood stove that lights up and provides heat; Christmas lights, a few more little book cases, a cage with two guinea pigs Ruby and Flokki. The dog is usually on the couch. The window overlooks the neighbor’s wreck of a backyard (weeds, junk, derelict sheds, etc) so I keep the blinds closed.

    Why all the little critters… well, I don’t get out much these days and I like talking to the little dudes. I just like little animals! Mr. Noodles the cat hangs out elsewhere.

  11. Em says:

    Ragmar, Reepicheep, Ruby, Flokki, a nameless? dog and a Mr. Noodles…..
    Xenia is most definitely uunique. . in a good way

    I have a dead bullsnake under the mailbox…. should bury it, i guess. ..

  12. Xenia says:

    The dog is Daisy. She is a Chiweenie.

    I forgot to mention the icon corner with the hanging lampada.

    Maybe dig a hole right next to the body and just tip it in?

  13. filbertz says:

    under the debris of my desk is the little sign that states “An organized desk is the sign of a sick mind” Self-fulfilling prophesy. 🙂

    anyway–I enjoyed your contribution this week, especially the commonness of the bust & the everyday man. Our society struggles with the idea of common, basic, utilitarian. He/she is rare who is exceptional.

    with Michael, I share the concern that common decency towards others is declining. My offering there is that one cannot share with others what he does not himself possess. If I am indecent, that is what I have to give. No posers here. Again it is a matter of what I cultivate within that constitutes a starting point for change.

  14. filbertz says:


    That is simply fun to say. Schwing, batta batta, Shwing.

  15. Duane Arnold says:


    “My offering there is that one cannot share with others what he does not himself possess.”

    Exactly so. I guess that I’m trying to cultivate within myself some of those things that I once considered to be of the utmost importance – humanity, reverence, etc. It’s a life-long project…

  16. Linn says:

    I work in a school where we, as staff, don’t initiate political discussions (unless we teach history). Anything that does come up is to be treated fairly and decently, respecting all sides of the issue. Our staff viewpoints range from mid-conservative (I don’t think we have any do or die Trumpeteers) to far left Woke, but we get along well due to the requirements to maintain civility at all times. This is my oasis of sanity in the midst of the chaos.

    My school desk is full fo the tools of my trade with upper elementary studetns-flashcards, the text we currently use, my props for second-language teaching, and my large water bottle as I talk all day. Again, other than my cozy little home, this is my safe place, and I am thankful for it. I wish my students were with me instead of on Zoom, but that is better than no students at all.

  17. Duane Arnold says:


    You are doing God’s work…

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