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June 26, 2008 - 9:17pm
Recently I’ve been reading news reports on studies that link autism with multiple immunizations administered on the same day. This is a common place practice at my pediatrician’s office. In addition to this there are phthalates in 90% of my son’s toys. These are his favorite toys, the ones he’d rather die then give up. There is sodium laurel sulfate in his bubble bath, baby lotion and shampoo.
June 26, 2008 - 10:42am
I want to be Alexander Lee when I grow up. Lee is the Executive Director of Project Laundry List, an outgrowth of a project he started at Middlebury College.
June 25, 2008 - 10:58pm
For most Americans, the months of June, July and August tend to conjure up images of sun, sand and water, preferably in large quantities. Backpacks find their way to the far corners of the closet, often with the final remains of last year's once-shiny school supplies still unpacked. Beach bags are loaded with towels, sun screen and books with simple plots that high school teachers would never consider positioning on their book shelves during the academic year.
June 25, 2008 - 10:51pm
This article had me laughing, smiling wistfully, and pulling what little hair I still have. It's frustratingly true.
June 25, 2008 - 4:47pm
Responding to yet another kerfluffle over whether writing workshops are good or evil, good friend of The Education of Oronte Churm Dinty Moore writes: …it finally hit me, like a soft mallet to the head, that I don’t teach a writing workshop—I’m not sure many of us in the academic creative writing field actually do—I teach an editing workshop. Here’s what I mean:
June 25, 2008 - 3:10pm
I have no idea how to answer this one, but I'm curious, so anyone with knowledge is invited to comment:
June 25, 2008 - 5:02am
I had two visitors this month, one expected—my dad—and other unexpected -- myself at age 11. It wasn’t exactly an encounter with a ghost from the past but a photo of me as a child asleep in my father’s arms. The image was a surprise in many ways. My father received it out of the blue from a friend he hadn’t seen in over twenty years, and my dad and I had no idea it existed.
June 24, 2008 - 4:15pm
I'm wondering about pushing Greenback U. to get into the green fuel business. I'd like some success stories, if anyone's willing to share theirs. One fact about that UK-spec Land Rover that gets up to 45.5 highway miles per gallon - it has a 2.2 liter turbo-diesel engine in it. I'm guessing that part of the reason diesel-engined vehicles are more popular in other countries than they are in the USA is that it's hard to make a diesel which meets US passenger vehicle smog standards. Higher particulate emissions, and all that.
June 23, 2008 - 9:57pm
When my daughter was about to turn three, I asked her which friends she wanted to invite to her party. Without hesitating, she began listing them: "Kristy, Roxanne, Jason, Geoff…" Mark and I laughed out loud, then asked, "Do you want to invite any kids?" Her entire list was made up of our grad school friends. At the time I thought her impulse was cute and funny, but now I think better of it.
June 23, 2008 - 9:48pm
A rising young correspondent writes: I am a newish faculty member at a large community college. During a recent interview, I made a positive impression on our division's Vice Chancellor, and he has decided to groom me for a dean position that he plans to create in the next year or two. Of course, I wasn't sure he was serious at first, but after a long conversation with him a few days ago it seems this is not a cruel hoax. If everything goes well and I get this position, I will be the youngest dean on campus and will have been promoted to my boss's boss's job.

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