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September 20, 2007
Every fall semester is the shock of the new.The courses repeat; the classrooms don't change; but every September there's a jolt.Partly it's the surprise of a long summer ending, the sudden intrusion of a social world into my solitude. For months I've quietly read and written, my afternoons organized around brewing tea, clipping hedges, and walking the dog. The sense of independence and freedom has been heady, and I don't give it up easily.
September 20, 2007
The Girl, her big pink teddy bear, and I are sitting on the couch in the family room.TG: Let's play hide and seek!DD: Okay.TG: I know a good hiding place!DD: Okay. I'll count! (I hide my eyes)TG: (giggles)DD: one...two...three...TG: (giggles)DD: nine..ten! (Eyes open) Ready or not, here I come!Next to me, I spy a recumbent girl with a big pink teddy bear covering her face. Her legs are crossed and knees up, so one foot is almost in my face.DD: (laugh out loud)DD: I WONDER WHERE TG COULD BE?TG: (giggles)
September 20, 2007
Crazy Larry, the struggling actor, is in a commercial run of a good play, which got him signed recently with a big talent agency. They told him to do two things immediately: Pay hundreds (again) for a (different) headshot, and enroll in an acting school.
September 19, 2007
A new correspondent asks for help decoding a job ad:I would like to solicit input from you and your audience concerning a position posted recently by my employer, a medium- community college in a rural area. They are looking for someone to coordinate services for adjunct faculty. This is a new position, so there’s not any track record about how serving in that capacity might affect one’s career path. Salary/benefits, while not great, are consistent (as near as I can tell) with other positions of similar rank/function at the college.
September 18, 2007
But this ain’t science.
September 18, 2007
I enjoy two kinds of movies. The first kind is the “Good Movie.” Good Movies can be identified by such traits as intelligent writing, sensitive direction, quality acting, and the like: Network leaps to mind, or maybe Heathers. Not all good movies are good in every way – watching again as an adult, I was struck at how poor the dialogue and acting were in Star Wars – but they usually have enough good in them that you can endorse them in public and not feel cheap or exposed.
September 17, 2007
My wife and I have opened part of our home as an inn for wayward academics.
September 17, 2007
According to this article (and check out the comments!), the governor of New Jersey just signed a law mandating that the four-year public colleges there recognize the academic credits students earn at the state's community colleges. The idea, apparently, is to allow a student who graduates a cc with a two-year degree to complete the remainder of a four-year degree in two more years. This is one of those “well, duh” laws that makes you wonder why it wasn't passed years ago.
September 15, 2007
My wife and I are opening part of our home as an inn for wayward academics, to help make ends meet. Earlier posts on this topic can be read here:Part 1, Part 2, andPart 3.***
September 15, 2007
Messrs. Debat and Poshard and Drake Have jolted the ed-world awake:Poshard steals words,The chancellor's absurd,And Debat's an out-and-out fake.

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