About

In September 2006 I started writing A Foolish Consistency to record thoughts, ideas, news, and whatever else captured my attention. I was teaching law courses in the undergraduate program at Boston University Questrom School of Business, and many posts related to topics arising from the Internet, copyright, constitutional, and criminal law, and social media. I posted often about law school—whether to attend, how to prepare—and careers in law. I posted about teaching, popular culture, politics . . . and rarely about myself. It was not a confessional. Most of my readers were current or former students. I maintained some professional distance, tempered by my fundamental informality and irreverence for academia.

I posted regularly until early 2013, averaging one post about every two days. Posting became a chore. My posts dwindled, then stopped, without regrets. I continued to use trudalane.net in my teaching, primarily in connection with the Questrom Honors Program, of which I was Faculty director from 2012-2017. When I stepped down I put trudalane.net and A Foolish Consistency aside.

I retired from Boston University in December 2018.

How’s retirement?

I don’t know how I ever found time to work.

Recently my interest in this site rekindled. I don’t know what’s next, except that I’m not constrained by professional distance. An audience of one will do that.

My high school junior year English teacher, Dave Monahan, often quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson—

“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. With consistency a great soul has simply nothing to do.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Self-Reliance, Essays First Series

In 2006 I thought the title A Foolish Consistency would capture the blog’s shotgun focus. Looking back, I was right.

Here are recent posts from my Instagram (darandall).

Eternal
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#Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors
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Met my spirit animal yesterday in Maine: a big adu Met my spirit animal yesterday in Maine: a big adult #porcupine, ancient based on his stiff, uneven, arthritic gait. I surprised him in the side yard. He turned, shot a look that said “gimme five seconds to finish my business here,” finished his business, and lumbered painfully towards the deck. He looked like I feel when I get out of bed in the morning. He started to crawl under the deck but backed into this defensive stance when I came close. Head pulled in, quills erect, quiet. No hissing, no aggressive body language, just watching as I came within eight, then five, then three feet. “I just want a photo, Mr. Pine.” Satisfied with this shot I backed away. He squeezed his ample body into the space between the joist and the crushed stone, protected by his quills until he disappeared.
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#Nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors #exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots  #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective

Met my spirit animal yesterday in Maine: a big adult #porcupine, ancient based on his stiff, uneven, arthritic gait. I surprised him in the side yard. He turned, shot a look that said “gimme five seconds to finish my business here,” finished his business, and lumbered painfully towards the deck. He looked like I feel when I get out of bed in the morning. He started to crawl under the deck but backed into this defensive stance when I came close. Head pulled in, quills erect, quiet. No hissing, no aggressive body language, just watching as I came within eight, then five, then three feet. “I just want a photo, Mr. Pine.” Satisfied with this shot I backed away. He squeezed his ample body into the space between the joist and the crushed stone, protected by his quills until he disappeared.
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#Nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors #exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective
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#cascobay #exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #cascobay #exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine 
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#Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots  #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective  #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #scenesofnewengland #newenglandphotography #instasparrow #newenglandnature #newenglandphotographer #newengland_photography #scenesofnewengland #mynewengland

#cascobay #exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine
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#Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #scenesofnewengland #newenglandphotography #instasparrow #newenglandnature #newenglandphotographer #newengland_photography #scenesofnewengland #mynewengland
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Not last night—too much rain—but recent. / / Not last night—too much rain—but recent. 
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#exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots  #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #sunset

Not last night—too much rain—but recent.
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#exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #sunset
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11-Sep-20
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#sunset #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors
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Revolving door. The feeder has six ports but they Revolving door. The feeder has six ports but they are too competitive to share. #hummingbirds #rubythroatedhummingbird 
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#Exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots  #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective

Revolving door. The feeder has six ports but they are too competitive to share. #hummingbirds #rubythroatedhummingbird
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#Exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective
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#twilight
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#Exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #scenesofnewengland #newenglandphotography #instasparrow #newenglandnature #newenglandphotographer #newengland_photography #scenesofnewengland #mynewengland
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I like #birds that feed all-in
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Brilliant
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Morning fog. Nature's vignette filter. / / / / / # Morning fog. Nature's vignette filter.
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#exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine  #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #scenesofnewengland #newenglandphotography #instasparrow #newenglandnature #newenglandphotographer #newengland_photography #scenesofnewengland #mynewengland #nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #moodygrams #primeshots  #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot

Morning fog. Nature's vignette filter.
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#exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #scenesofnewengland #newenglandphotography #instasparrow #newenglandnature #newenglandphotographer #newengland_photography #scenesofnewengland #mynewengland #nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #moodygrams #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot
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This old Alumacraft with a 9.9 hp Merc looks more This old Alumacraft with a 9.9 hp Merc looks more like Maine than my fancy former inboard/outboard 
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This old Alumacraft with a 9.9 hp Merc looks more like Maine than my fancy former inboard/outboard
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#Exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors
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That time of year /
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#Exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #sunset #lake #plppa
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Nesting peahen, the second in this exact spot rece Nesting peahen, the second in this exact spot recently. Soon there will be pea chicks (cuter than chick peas but not as good in hummus). #coconutgrove #peacock /
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#Nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots  #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective

Nesting peahen, the second in this exact spot recently. Soon there will be pea chicks (cuter than chick peas but not as good in hummus). #coconutgrove #peacock /
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#Nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective
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I’m impressed #peacock #coconutgrove / / / / / / I’m impressed #peacock #coconutgrove /
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I’m impressed #peacock #coconutgrove /
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Bloom
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#Nature #naturelovers #earthlandscape #beautiful #outdoors #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective
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Too-brief glimmer of sun /
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#Exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #winter #ice #sunset
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Elemental
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#Exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective
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If you lived here you'd be cold now
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Fire in the hole /
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#Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective #exploremaine #maine #thewaylifeshouldbe #newengland #ignewengland #igersnewengland #maineoutdoors #igersmaine #igmaine #fire #fireinthehole
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#higher
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#granddaughter #swings #miami #coconutgrove #Ig_great_pics #ig_myshot #pictureoftheday #moodygrams #weekly_feature #primeshots #photowall #localcaptures #gameoftones #ig_captures #ig_color #ig_myshot #ig_shutterbugs #theamericancollective
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