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August 14, 2008 - 9:49pm
Where to learn to shoot? Where does a fiftyish female English professor with bad aim and a bad attitude go for some bangbang? UD contemplated this. She considered an NRA class; she considered the many kind shooting invitations from gunnies that she got via this Inside Higher Ed series. She considered taking things slower, the way professors do, sitting around libraries reading about guns rather than shooting them...
August 13, 2008 - 10:26pm
Lately, I’ve been enjoying long walks with a good friend and colleague on our city’s arboretum trails. Years ago, we started walking together a couple of times a week at the end of the day. These walks were a great way to vent our frustrations about departmental politics, share teaching moments, and touch base with each other about our lives. I learned about the challenges faced by small departments and long-distance academic couples while she empathized with the death of my father and my new marriage.
August 13, 2008 - 9:42am
"Past practice" is a magical, if murky, phrase. It's the status given, by default, to policies or practices carried out over time that never quite found their way into actual contracts or handbooks. It's understood to have a binding power of its own, such that any change to an established 'past practice' needs to be negotiated or otherwise made explicit through proper channels.
August 13, 2008 - 8:03am
Living on a farm, I don't travel all that much. The place doesn't take care of itself, and the schedule of chores isn't real flexible -- certainly not to the extent of a day or more. Still, my duties at Greenback do take me on the road (at least figuratively) from time to time. More often, these days, that "road" has rails.
August 13, 2008 - 7:39am
Liz arrived on the ferry with her family last night. Remember when we talked about summer camp for biologists?
August 11, 2008 - 9:27pm
This probably happens almost everywhere, but I'm noticing it more here lately.
August 11, 2008 - 9:17pm
I had half a blog post written on how I used to find time to exercise, but don't anymore, and how I plan to get started again. It was a pretty good post, expressing both my frustration at how time has shrunk over the last several years and my gratitude that I have a good -- and free -- gym to go to on campus. Maybe I'll write it someday.
August 11, 2008 - 12:35pm
Actual conversation with The Girl last Friday: TG: What did you do at work today, Daddy? DD: It was pretty busy. I had to talk to a lot of people. TG: But what did you do? DD: That's what I did. I had to meet with a bunch of different people. TG: Meetings? DD: Yeah, that's when people get together to discuss things. TG: But didn't you do any work? (pause) DD: Well, I did use the computer some… TG: Yeah, that's how people work.


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