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January 19, 2011 - 8:17pm
The holiday vacation is for me, as for many academics, a time when I complete much-needed fieldwork for projects; in my case, completing a documentary on the bayous of Louisiana. After driving across the country, my partner and I were nearing the end of a long, road trip, passing through I-57 in southern Illinois. (I bet you can guess what happens next…)
January 19, 2011 - 4:15pm
An article in the current (February) issue of Dwell magazine tells of a married couple in the Netherlands -- designers, both -- who built a house using almost entirely salvaged materials found within a 15-km radius of the site.
January 19, 2011 - 8:59am
This weekend I found myself in the neighborhood of my favorite gourmet cookware store, and with no kids in tow, I was free to browse the kitchen gadgets, spices, and cookbooks at my leisure. It was a busy day for the shop, and there was no parking available within a three-block radius. Not wanting to drive around the block again, I tried a spot near the storefront. The curb was partly painted yellow to mark a driveway, but I hoped I could fit most of my car into the space.
January 19, 2011 - 5:15am
Sisters in Crime, a mystery writer's organization of which I am a member, has recently released a study of mystery book buyers conducted by the folks at Bowker.
January 18, 2011 - 9:45pm
Today was one of those days that us educators live for. A recent graduate, Lucretia Witte (who is now teaching 6th graders in Bridgeport CT for Teach for America), came back to campus to lead a session entitled "Student Views on Technology and Teaching" at our Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL).
January 18, 2011 - 9:15pm
I am a person who is easily bored. It is in my character. I get tired of things easily. Not just of things, but also of people, of places, of food, of music etc. Once I achieve something, for me the taste is gone. I then jump on the next idea to get a new natural high out of what I do. This does not mean that I am a restless soul in every way. Luckily I harbor a stable core as well which lets me keep life-long friendships, favourite cafes that date from my university years or keepsakes from years ago. But this does not change the fact that I need novelty to feel alive every so often.
January 18, 2011 - 8:45pm
The secret to being an avid student affairs techie is very simple. Whenever/wherever you notice a new technology solution, thought piece, or tech-based recommendation, always ask a question: Is this relevant to the work that I do in student affairs? I engage in this activity on a regular basis. In fact, most of my post ideas come from outside of the higher education technology sphere.
January 18, 2011 - 8:41pm
Last week’s article in Salon by Katy Read about the flip side of “opting out” of the workforce struck a chord with me.The world was different when The Wife dropped out of the paid workforce in 2004.
January 18, 2011 - 4:00pm
I traveled over the MLK weekend, and ended up staying in a nicely refurbished older hotel. More than a number of other placed I've stayed, they seemed to be serious about energy conservation and minimizing environmental impacts.
January 18, 2011 - 4:30am
Last week's post about whether or not we need a technology in student affairs book generated quite a bit of discussion.

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