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April 25, 2010 - 8:01pm
Peter Porter, a poet born in Australia but resident mainly in England, has died, at 81.Here's one of his poems -- a poem about poetry, but also I think about art generally.this page insists that i explain myselfThis page insists that I explain myself my poems are over-structured, I am toldbut I’m only making good use of my brain
April 25, 2010 - 7:55pm
Some 25 years ago, a quasi-country quartet calling themselves "The Girls Next Door" had a moderate hit with a ditty about how "love will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no love." Which is fine as far as it goes, but doesn't explain why the fool thing has been going through my head for the last week or so.
April 25, 2010 - 6:39pm
“Indicators” are released to provide data on students, faculty and American life.
April 22, 2010 - 10:25pm
I suspect that variations on this will become more common in the next several years. A new correspondent writes:
April 22, 2010 - 8:51pm
A colleague in the Biology department recently told me about a book that applies game theory to altruism in the animal world. Since I study altruism, and game theory is central to modern economics, I was particularly interested. Of course, I had to read about it myself, and found it fascinating.
April 22, 2010 - 6:32pm
Today it really is Earth Day 40, even though we at Greenback celebrated last weekend.
April 21, 2010 - 11:27pm
The official commemoration of the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain's death took place today in Hannibal, Missouri. I'll write something on it later this week, but follow this link to see a few photos from around town.
April 21, 2010 - 11:18pm
From much of the discussion of 'data-driven' reforms that take place at the national level, you'd think that all that we'd need to do is educate some administrators on the use and interpretation of data, tell them to use what they've learned, and that would be that. If only it were that easy...
April 21, 2010 - 10:56pm
April 22, 1970 was the first Earth Day. Millions of people hit the streets. Rachel Carson’s book “Silent Spring” had started a movement that left a big impact (convincing Richard Nixon to respond with the EPA) but the movement lost steam and shriveled under Reagan.
April 21, 2010 - 9:53am
Story time is a treasured ritual at our house. Not only is it a chance for me to find out what my kids are interested in, but it’s also a time when I share my old favorites. Even though my son is a proficient reader, we still enjoy family reading at bedtime. I’m eager to re-read the books I read at his age and to experience my children’s reactions to the stories and characters.


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