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September 22, 2009 - 12:49am
Along with everybody else I’ve been reading the articles and op-ed pieces in the Times on the current “populist rage” in the country, but it all seemed pretty far away, especially since we have no 24-hour news channel to amplify and repeat instances of it.
September 21, 2009 - 9:04pm
On my campus, we're discussing a change that's generating some feedback along the lines of "well, if everyone just did what they were supposed to do, that wouldn't be necessary."
September 21, 2009 - 9:00pm
"Mad Men" won the Emmy for best drama Sunday night, the second year in a row that the show has captured this award. I know that you are wondering the same thing that I am. If they can make a great TV show about people in advertising set in the early 1960s how come they don't make a show about learning technologists working today? I mean, our lives have as much drama as Don Draper, Pete Campbell, Joan, Peggy and the rest of the Mad Men crew.
September 21, 2009 - 8:34am
When you've got a personality like mine, you get used to being alone. A lot. (Actually, it's kind of peaceful, once you get used to it.) A recent iteration of solitude came as a result of charter signatories to the PCC filing (or not filing) their Climate Action Plans. What passes for mainstream media in this country, if they took notice at all, wrote the "higher ed screws up on sustainability -- just another instance of no accountability" story. I (more or less alone) was more upbeat. Of course, as of right now, any of us could be right. Or wrong.
September 20, 2009 - 10:47pm
It's a commonplace of for-profit management that units can be characterized in one of three ways: rising stars, cash cows, and dogs. The savvy manager is supposed to feed the stars, milk the cows, and shoot the dogs.
September 20, 2009 - 10:32pm
On the morning of the day my father killed himself, I woke up from a dream in which I was walking through a cemetery. The dream was very clear in my mind. Just as clear, as I lay in bed, was the following thought: I should call my parents. I was in Rochester, New York; they were in Washington DC, where my father had not long ago come home from a week in a psychiatric hospital after a suicide attempt. He'd been depressed for months. I'd visited him in the hospital. It was difficult to see him unshaven and helpless. It was difficult to know how to behave.
September 20, 2009 - 6:48pm
  A recent study of women with postgraduate degrees suggests that black women born after 1950 are increasingly likely — and twice as likely as their white peers — to be unmarried at age 45. The study also found that 45 percent of black academic women born between 1955 and 1960 were childless at age 45, compared with 35 percent of white women born in the same time period.  
September 18, 2009 - 8:47pm
I know a couple- or three-dozen writers well enough to know that none live by writing alone. (I don’t know Stephen King.) I’m guessing one of them does earn enough from his novels that he could retire his endowed chair, but why would he? A couple more could write full-time if they scaled back to grad-student level existence. But most teach, live in dual-income homes, or rob graves for mad scientists to feed their art. (And before you send me nasty-grams, let me say that some of us love robbing graves too and see no compromise in it.)
September 17, 2009 - 9:42pm
One of the first things I learned upon becoming a mom was that I needed to be much smarter than I am. I needed to become my child’s advocate in many arenas, and some of these were areas that I had no knowledge of. For example, I needed to become, in many ways, my daughter’s primary care physician, looking out for her health as I assembled the information presented by doctors of different specialties. For the job of being my daughter’s advocate, I often found myself relying on sources ranging from books to the internet to my wonderful colleagues.
September 17, 2009 - 9:36pm
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