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As Men, We Should Be Willing to Take a Hard Looks at Ourselves. . .

Nothing like a stroll in the city on a nice day.

During Summer 2019, I read a number of articles on teaching practices that help to create what are called High Impact Learning Environments, intended to equip 21st century undergraduates with the kinds of broad knowledge, abilities, and skills -- beyond specific course content -- necessary to function in the real world once they leave behind the relative 'safe space' of a college or university campus. Presumably after actually managing to complete their degree programs and graduate.

Parenthetically, I have problems with reducing a college or university education to purely vocational training, but there we are.  'Student success' is the name of the game, and while I still feel that an individual make's his or her OWN luck and is responsible for his or her OWN success, calls for personal responsibility are not what anyone wants to hear in 2020. Sadly, this is the world I live in, and I've got to make my way in it.  H…
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Happy New Year from Classic Style. . .

A vintage Danish/Norwegian New Year's greeting. . .

Happy New Year from all of us at Classic Style!  Here's to presenting ourselves as more stylish men, in the classic sense, for the coming year. 

-- Heinz-Ulrich



And another, this time in Swedish.  Happy 2020!

It's New Year's Eve at Classic Style. . .

For your perusal, entertainment, and perhaps erudition. . .  An old New Year's Eve illustration from purportedly from December 1932.

Well, the Christmas holidays are just about over for another year, but if you are headed out this evening, or perhaps on New Year's Day, there is one more chance to celebrate before we return to life as usual on Monday, January 6th.

The Grand Duchess and I, much to my sartorial chagrin, will be dressed much more casually this evening after dinner and following The Young Master's bedtime.  We'll be staying in for a game or two of Scrabble in our pajamas by the fireside with maybe some binging on a TV series or movie via Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon afterwards, interrupted by a glass of wine at Midnight.  

Not exactly high society, but understated and calm, which is fine by me.  Happy New Year's a few hours early then.

Heinz-Ulrich

Merry Christmas from Classic Style. . .

No admonishing reminders this morning, everyone.  Simply a number of cheerful and wondrous old images of Santa Claus/Father Christmas for you to peruse and enjoy.  For an added aural treat, I've also included a link to BBC Radio 4's 2019 broadcast of The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College Cambridge.  My best wishes to you all for a happy, warm, and joyous season.  Merry Christmas!

-- Heinz-Ulrich

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Mitten Style. . .

Not my photograph, but it makes the point nicely.

Cold with occasional light snow here in Mid-Michigan this morning.  Since classes for the semester ended last Friday, I am home in the early mornings now and giving The Grand Duchess a break by getting our 10-year old son up and ready for school between now and the first week of January.  A few minutes before the school bus arrived today, The Young Master and I bundled up in our winter coats, scarves, hats, and mittens for the walk down the driveway to the mailbox where we wait a few minutes until the big yellow bus with its blinking red and yellow lights arrives.  

Although now at an age where he asserts his independence more and more where food, clothes, shoes, and other things are concerned, he slipped his hand into mine as we made covered the short distance from the front door to the end of the driveway.  I asked him if he remembered when he was younger and held my hand all of the time, to which he replied yes, yes he did.  I then to…