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February 28, 2011
The message from governors during the National Governors Association meeting this week is abundantly clear: any additional budget cuts at the federal level represent economic Jenga at the state level. Economic recovery at the state level is precarious. States continuing to bear the brunt of high unemployment and anemic job growth simply cannot endure any further burden or upset wrought by their federal partners.
February 28, 2011
My friend and colleague in Children’s Literature, Phil Nel, spent last week in the panopticon. In a series of posts titled “What Do Professors Do All Day?” Phil chronicled his time: in class, preparing for class, working on articles, shoveling snow, talking to colleagues — all of it. Then he summarized the experience at the end of the week.
February 28, 2011
Cargill isn't just an agricultural products company, it's also a shipping company. (Shipping, I suspect, mostly agricultural products.)
February 28, 2011
A company and service that I really like is Carbonite and its online backup service.I am actually a Carbonite Pro customer, a service that allows for central management of an unlimited number of computers (you pay by the amount of data backed up).
February 28, 2011
(Filed from the conference of The League for Innovation in the Community College, in a surprisingly chilly San Diego.)
February 27, 2011
The last TV series that I sat and watched all the episodes straight through was the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's (CBC) series "Intelligence". I watched both seasons, (there were only two - 25 episodes), via the Netflix streaming app on my iPad.3 Thoughts:
February 27, 2011
How do you balance work and life?This month's question comes from Afshan Jafar.
February 27, 2011
Part of what attracted me to higher education in the first place and still attracts me is the shared governance environment. Economics was the discipline that excited me, and higher education was the environment where I felt most comfortable and most productive. And from my experience shared governance works well in most places and in most cases. My first experiences were in the area of curriculum, beginning with the department’s efforts to fine tune the economics major and subsequently extending to the committee that reviewed the undergraduate curriculum.
February 27, 2011
I'd like to reflect on a couple of passages from Mark Lilla's The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics.
February 27, 2011
Our family recently returned from a trip to Paris and London. At home, we have our share of stresses and strains, many of which I've documented here, but on vacation we mesh extraordinarily well. This is partly, of course, because we are removed from many potential sources of conflict, as we are all together 24/7, and so Bill and I don't have to worry about Ben's whereabouts, and we're not angsting over professional deadlines, overdue schoolwork, messy rooms and the like.

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