Cartoon by Kevin Frank on gluttony and religious reasons to refuse people services, 2015. Visit

If people treated gluttony like they treat some other sins, they’d tell me “No, you may not have fries with that!”

The economy in the U.S. would really take a hit too, I’d wager.

Cartoon by Kevin Frank, from May 28, 2015. Visit to check out his work. This particular cartoon is on his site here. I’m grateful to Kevin for permission to post his artwork. He’s a nice fellow.

While on Kevin’s site, I ordered a copy of his book, True North, which I’m looking forward to enjoying. Check it out.

Photo of Taylor McGraw being congratulated by Dean Doug Sullivan-Gonzalez and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, 2010.

I have had some pretty remarkable experiences at the University of Mississippi, as well as some wonderful students to work with (Yes, I end sometimes with a preposition). It’s deeply meaningful to see one’s students so honored and successful.

June 2015 meeting with Grisham Scholars, visiting from Dallas, TX's Uplift Education charter schools.

The group was from Dallas’s ‘s Uplift Education charter schools. We met in Bryant Hall, where we talked a little bit about my field, philosophy. I explained the major branches of philosophy, and then we talked about how practical philosophy is or can be. To illustrate that, we covered a controversial case in medical ethics, concerning euthanasia. The young men and women were very bright and a lot of fun to engage in discussion.

The artwork that the Mississippi Humanities Council commissioned to serve as an award plaque for the 2015 Humanities Scholar Award I received. The artwork depict Jackson, Mississippi's Old Capitol building.

This is the beautiful work of art that the Mississippi Humanities Council commissioned to serve as a plaque for the 2015 Humanities Scholar Award I was honored to receive in February. The event and the honor were deeply meaningful and encouraging.

Dean Glenn Hopkins and Weber, receiving the Cora Lee Graham Award for Teaching.

The College of Liberal Arts at the University of Mississippi kindly selected my teaching for the Cora Lee Graham Award in 2010. Dean Hopkins has since retired. He was a very supportive dean, who on a number of occasions supported my research and service work in significant ways.