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June 22, 2009 - 2:09am
First, I’d like to offer Mrs. Churm felicitations: Nine years ago today, I knelt on the steel deck of the Staten Island Ferry with all the lights of Manhattan as a backdrop and asked her to marry me. She accepted and told me she’d never forget that day.“Me either,” I said romantically. “It’s the anniversary of the Herrin Massacre.”
June 21, 2009 - 9:48pm
Last week was a three-hanky special.The Girl had two graduations: one from her gymnastics class, and one from her preschool. And I had my first Father's Day since Dad died.
June 21, 2009 - 9:44pm
I am a 55-year-old woman with a Ph.D. in economic history, 6 books and quite a few scholarly articles on international economics and human rights issues. The bulk of my work focuses on current policies. I have procured grants from major foundations and my university as well as corporations. I have worked at two think tanks that went under, and now I work essentially as an adjunct. I have tried for the last 3 years to get a job at a school of international affairs at the associate level, but in the end they never hire me. Any advice?
June 19, 2009 - 3:56am
A new correspondent writes:With all this talk about green jobs and the more than usualuncertainty about the shape of the future job market, I've beencurious of late about how community college deans, departments, andcounselors cope with the issue of occupational forecasting.
June 19, 2009 - 1:32am
I know why I know so little, but why is it so difficult for you scientists to know things definitively? You’re the ones that got soluble dentifrice into those tubes that never go flat.
June 18, 2009 - 9:43pm
You may have heard the comment that the “three best things about teaching are June, July and August”. Those of us who are actually teachers know this is not exactly true. For some of us, the summer just presents an opportunity to earn some additional income, or, as in my case, to also maintain my department’s presence on campus and in the community by offering summer courses. For most, it is truly only two months long, as our contracts extend from mid-August to mid-June, and we are back to work long before September actually arrives.
June 18, 2009 - 3:54pm
The series title "Town & Country" put me in mind of something I hadn't thought about for years.
June 18, 2009 - 8:39am
Although I became a mother late in life, two girls have been teaching me about parenting for the past several years: the 15 year old girl I mentor and my 16 year old step-daughter. Of course, mentoring and (non-custodial) step-mothering is not the same as parenting. It is much less intense and you do not make important decisions in that girl’s life. However, I know from my own experience as a step-daughter that step-mothers and mentors can have profound, lasting effects.
June 17, 2009 - 9:07pm
Several commenters have recently suggested a Dean Dad reality show. It's not gonna happen – the pseudonym would be pretty much shot, and cameras don't do me any favors these days – but it's fun to think about.The pilot episode:Opening shot – the family at dinner.(Farting sound)TB, TG: DADDY!DD: I didn't do it.TW: Yes, you did.(Cut to individual interviews)DD: I really didn't.TG: Silly Daddy.TW: That's disgusting.TB: (guilty smile)montage, pop song, commercial break
June 17, 2009 - 2:09pm
Exceptional, at least, in the sense that it goes against the grain of most of what I've been thinking on the subject.

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