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July 28, 2008
As a rule, I don't write in public. It's too exposed, a little pretentious, and just not me. Besides, when one tries to maintain the fig leaf of a pseudonym, it's probably best not to generate material where just anybody can see you.Today I'm breaking my own rule. Worse, I'm in a coffeehouse. For that, alone, I should incur some serious 'douchebag' points. Hey, everyone! Look at me! I'm writing!
July 27, 2008
It's a measure of just how far behind I've been lately that I didn't get around to this story until now.According to IHE, there's been another study documenting what many of us have suspected for some time; 'college service' gets badly under-rewarded relative to the other things that faculty do, so the people who often embrace service – usually women – suffer negative career consequences.
July 27, 2008
Family. One of dictionary.com’s definitions of family reads: a group of people who may be blood relations who share common attitudes, interests, or goals and, frequently, live together. I am leaving for a theatre in higher education conference in three days, at which point I am reuniting with an extended family of educators with common interests and goals. I look forward to this conference every year with great anticipation.
July 25, 2008
Advice for novelists, essayists, and poets everywhere from Plato, by way of our mutual writer friend
July 25, 2008
I don't think this falls into the category of "reflection", but one thing strikes me as a result of information gathered at SCUP-43.California is requiring LEED Silver for all commercial buildings over 10,000 square feet. That's $3-5 million, depending. Harvard is at the point where it basically gets LEED Gold at no incremental up-front cost. Both LEED Silver and LEED Gold have proven to more than pay for themselves in energy savings.
July 23, 2008
Summers in Green Bay, Wisconsin are a magical time, especially if you have small children. My four year old daughter and I walk down our quiet, tree-lined street to a well-maintained playground and turquoise wading pool where my daughter splashes happily for hours. Around noon a large white truck distributes free lunches –- a sandwich, milk, carrot sticks and a cookie, typically –- to all children under 18. A five minute drive away is a local amusement park that charges no entrance fee, and where a ride on the carousel or Ferris wheel only costs 50 cents.
July 23, 2008
To start off, a couple more points from the first session this morning, that I didn't have to to get to earlier.
July 23, 2008
Up first this morning was Kevin Hydes, past president of USGBC, founder of the Canadian GBC, and current chair of the World GBC. If that weren't enough, he says he's not an expert in green building, and suggests you throw anyone who is an expert out of your office immediately. At best, we're all engaged in a "lifelong apprenticeship". To my mind, humility is convincing.

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