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December 5, 2008 - 8:22pm
I once knew a girl (or should I say, she once knew me) who'd grown up on the affluent North Shore of Chicago and had expectations for the future: She’d be more successful in a career than her successful father, she’d always live in a neighborhood like her parents’, and if she wanted bigger and better things she’d just go out and make more money to pay for them. As her parents had surpassed the class status of their parents by at least one step, so would she.
December 5, 2008 - 5:54pm
So, I'm reading Daphne Wysham's pretty good article on Foreign Policy in Focus, about the costs ... errr ... investment opportunities inherent in global society's need to mitigate greenhouse gasses. And I'm saying to myself, how can we frame this as a growth industry? If what the world needs now is better climate, why can't providing that be the kind of economic engine that addressing the world's other needs (transportation, communication, nutrition, destruction) has always been?
December 5, 2008 - 4:58am
Any thoughts on how to do the former while honoring the latter? The last time I went through a round of layoffs, during the previous recession, I saw vividly the gap between what could be communicated at a given moment, and what people actually wanted to know. Now there's another round coming, and it's likely to be much worse than before.
December 4, 2008 - 10:09pm
December 2nd was the 28th anniversary of the murder of four American churchwomen in El Salvador in 1980. The best known of these is Jean Donovan, a lay missionary from the Cleveland, Ohio diocese. Also from the Cleveland Diocese was an Ursuline Sister named Dorothy Kazel, a graduate of our Ursuline College and a member of the local community of Ursuline Sisters here in Cleveland. These four women followed their hearts to work with the poor of that country, and in the process ended up giving everything for their beliefs.
December 3, 2008 - 10:57pm
I’ve always held it to be self-evident that good writing is good writing, no matter the platform. For those of us who put a lot of time and effort into trying to get words right for blogs, online columns, and other venues, it’s gratifying to see web writing being taken more seriously all the time.
December 3, 2008 - 10:22pm
The American Federation of Teachers has released a report (here) complete with an interactive excel tool designed to both motivate colleges to convert more adjuncts to full-time status and to pay adjuncts on a pro-rata basis. The spreadsheet allows you, in theory, to plug in the numbers from your own college to see what it would cost to hit a targeted full-time/adjunct ratio. It's a surreal read. Check it out. It shouldn't take more than a few minutes.
December 3, 2008 - 10:19pm
I want to introduce myself as a new writer for Mama, Ph.D. — Long Distance Mom. I will share Thursdays with fellow blogger Aeron Haynie (a good friend who helped me survive my grad school pregnancy). As a filmmaker and film studies scholar, I am used to traveling frequently to complete my creative and scholarly work. But now I also travel for love. For the last decade, I’ve been involved in long distance relationships — first with my partner, and more recently, with my children.
December 3, 2008 - 9:19am
I also read the article from The New York Times that my blogging colleague Libby Gruner referred to in her post yesterday, which discusses corporate world changes in attitude in thinking about the career ladder more as a career lattice.
December 2, 2008 - 10:01pm
A regular correspondent writes: Out here in California, my CC is in the same budget mess as everyone else. But our Governing Board just gave a [dramatic] raise to our college president. He doesn't deserve it. Trust me on that part. All this makes my job as union president about 1000 times easier, but I'm wondering what a good, solid, competent administrator would do in a similar situation. Of course, I'm assuming that you want to keep your job.
December 2, 2008 - 9:07pm
No, I'm not thinking about backing up to parallel park (do drivers know how to do that any more?), although my topic is auto-related. I was reading an article in New Scientist magazine (available online, but by subscription only I'm afraid). It spoke about the hydrogen economy -- or the lack of the one which had been predicted -- and mentioned Arnold Swarzenegger's seemingly futile aspiration for a "hydrogen highway" with 200 hydrogen refueling stations. (To date, California has 5.)

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