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March 21, 2011
While Sue O’Doherty prepares for the empty nest, I’m happy to have our nest refilled this week as our daughter is home for spring break. She drove home Saturday and has been catching up on both sleep and reading so far.
March 21, 2011
Anyone interested in the global growth of private higher education (PHE) should have a closer look at the last two decades in Poland. Poland is the 6th largest higher education system in the European Union (1.9 million students), with the largest student body and highest enrollment in the private sector (633.000 students and 33.3% in 2009). After twenty years of continuous growth, the sector suffered a 10% decline in enrollments in 2009.
March 20, 2011
Bill McKibben has an excellent piece in today's Guardian. His main point is that climate change is decreasing (has decreased) the margin of safety that was factored into a whole slew of major societal design decisions. It's well worth a read.
March 20, 2011
A new correspondent whose wife, a teacher, is about to become a stay-at-home Mom writes:I have queried the Internet, and there really is no good, definitive advice article on the topic of "how to maintain a healthy marriage when transitioning from a dual income home to a single income". We are aware that having a stay-at-home-mother will ease a lot of stress and make life easier, but life assures us that every situation will have its obstacles. I am very curious on what your obstacles were, as well as your wife's.
March 20, 2011
Governor Rick Perry of Texas recently challenged educators to offer degrees costing $10,000 (A
March 20, 2011
Today was the day but it actually started last August. At that point in time, I purchased four tickets to Spiderman so that my wife, my kids and I could attend. The tickets were full price and I was hoping this show would be a great family outing. But this is a show we have all heard about almost non-stop. There have been a number of accidents, equipment malfunctions, and delayed opening after delayed opening.
March 20, 2011
Warning. If you read My Korean Deli: Risking It All for a Convenience Store by Ben Ryder Howe as audiobook, and listen while walking across campus, you will inevitably end up looking like a crazy person as you break out into uncontrollable laughter just as a tour of prospective students and their parents passes you on the green. I'm just saying.Other Dangers of Reading My Korean Deli:
March 20, 2011
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) has now asked the Department of Justice to investigate two more institutions, New York and Northwestern Universities, for alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities and the Rehabilitation Act. Last time around, when the NFB went after a few other institutions, including Reed College, it was for a pilot project on the Kindle. This time it is for implementing Google Apps, which, I am told, is also inaccessible to the blind as were the navigation tools on the Kindle DX.
March 20, 2011
Surprised to realize recently that I’ve interviewed some 18 people here, from a Vietnamese IT expert to a US Special Forces chaplain to a former sex worker with a Cambridge degree, I thought it high time I finally got around to interviewing someone I’ve long neglected. Today’s guest teaches writing and literature at a large Midwestern state university and writes under both his real name and a pen name.I welcome myself to the blog.***
March 20, 2011
My first response to "Felicity"'s comment on my last post was defensive. I thought she had a lot of nerve presuming that she knew anything significant about my life, or lack thereof, from a series of blog posts. I had drafted a response along the lines of:A) This is a parenting blog, so I write about parenting issues. A casual reader of my posts on Buzz, Balls & Hype might not even realize that I had a child;

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