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April 22, 2009 - 11:44pm
The last couple of years have brought reportage (see here and here, for instance) on scholars becoming involved with activities of the U.S. military. One wonders what will develop under the new administration.
April 22, 2009 - 9:35pm
(Disclaimer: as I understand it, the Federal stimulus package is run through the states, so each state's version of this may be different. I'm writing about my own state; your mileage may vary.)
April 22, 2009 - 9:22pm
While on sabbatical and spending more time with my kids, my thirteen year-old daughter, Katie, has opted to spend evenings with me, while her fifteen year-old brother prefers to stay with his dad (my ex-husband). Their dad and I are working hard to let the children initiate these choices, and not to fall into the trap, as Katie tearfully accused us, of laying on a ‘guilt trip’ for choosing the other parent. We do not allow any more statements such as, “But I’m cooking your favorite chicken pot pie tonight! Can’t you go over to your Mom’s house some other night?”
April 22, 2009 - 3:24pm
OK, so it's Earth Day, and Greenback had some events, and the community of Backboro is having some events, and tonight we can all go to sleep feeling like we've accomplished something. But have we?
April 22, 2009 - 6:31am
 
April 21, 2009 - 9:19pm
(After the last few days, it's nice to focus on something else again.) I just finished another go-round of policy sleuthing. It usually works like this: A: So it's settled. We'll implement policy x this Fall. Good job, everyone! B: Wait a minute. Isn't there rule y that forbids implementing something like policy x unless it's a leap year? A: Really? C: Yeah, I remember that. Did that pass the Senate? B: I think so. Remember that huge fight? D: I still have nightmares about it. A: (sigh) So can we get a copy of rule y?
April 21, 2009 - 6:29am
  Thank you to all the supportive readers who left comments or sent emails after yesterday's post.I'm surprised to discover how much they've meant to me.
April 20, 2009 - 9:00pm
Lately I find myself wearing several hats. I’m chairing a committee to look into our first-year curriculum, for example, at the same time as I’m advising my daughter on her plans for her first year in college. The disjunction is stunning.
April 20, 2009 - 5:15pm
Last week, the EPA finally came to the scientifically obvious conclusion that greenhouse gases are pollutants worthy of regulation.
April 20, 2009 - 9:29am
A Letter from Key West To My Friend David, In Memory of his Sister, Eve Sedgwick   The southernmost sky is strange at ten at night,Still mildly blue with midday clouds and a calmWind that lifts the clouds to show a star dead white,Dead white and barely there above a palm's black head. The three macaws who shriek behind the palms have gone to bed And all the traffic in the tropics pauses for the moon. Your sister, you said last week, will be dead soon. II

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