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August 7, 2009 - 12:30pm
I went on a week's vacation earlier this summer. Went towards the water, and saw a surprising number of wind turbines along the way. Picked a location which, while not too far away, offers an environment significantly different from Backboro. (My grandmother always used to say that a change was as good as a rest. Actually, the combination of the two beats either one alone.)
August 6, 2009 - 11:15pm
This is the third and final part of Tom's interview by Okla Elliott. My thanks to them both. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. --Churm. ***
August 6, 2009 - 9:18pm
A new correspondent writes: With the exponential growth in use of social networking, in what ways do sites such as facebook have an impact on one's professional personna? While fb might be useful for increasing one's social network, is it harmless to one's career? As an experienced administrator, what are your thoughts about fb for the over 40 year-old professional? For several years now, I've heard variations on “don't use facebook or twitter or myspace or blogger or any social media, lest future employers find you toxic.”
August 6, 2009 - 9:13pm
I guess we made the “big time” when this blog was criticized by the Wall Street Journal a few weeks ago. It said that the topic of “work-life” balance was silly, and that the conversations taking place here are better suited to women sharing coffee over a kitchen table. Now that we have gained the attention of the “Diary of the American Dream”, I want to make a small suggestion. I propose that we, collectively, arrive at a better word to describe ourselves besides “blog”.
August 5, 2009 - 9:17pm
Several alert readers sent me links to this story, about a new graduate who is suing her alma mater (of all of three months) for its alleged failure to get her a job. It's one of those stories that really allows you to see what you want to see. Is the student an unrealistic whiner? Is the school trading on false hope? Is it reasonable to charge high tuition for an unemployable degree? Is it reasonable to hold a single college accountable for a nationwide recession?
August 5, 2009 - 3:49pm
With summer vacation comes a flurry of activities to keep children occupied. We’re blessed in our community with all kinds of day camps, sports venues, and art classes through the city’s parks and recreation department. The problem: few of them are in walking distance. A few things appropriate for my son’s age are close by, but activities for my four-year-old daughter require a drive. And aside from our little patio wading pool and hose, there are no swimming pools or spray parks we can walk to when it gets hot.
August 5, 2009 - 3:45pm
I've been thinking some about structural barriers to change. You know, those aspects of how Greenback's organized, or how it behaves, or its institutional culture (including those questions all Greenbackers are subtly conditioned never to ask) which have the effect of keeping us going in the same direction even whilst we're telling ourselves how much we want to change course.
August 3, 2009 - 11:17pm
[Here is the second of the three parts of Tom's interview, conducted by Okla Elliott. Read Part 1 here. --Churm] ***
August 3, 2009 - 9:09pm
Traveling and teaching in England this summer I've had a remarkable release from childcare responsibilities. Part of it is that my kids are older now — my 19-year-old daughter requires almost no additional care (though she's happy to have someone else buy her lunch!), while my son, who just turned 12, can certainly stay home alone for an hour or two without anxiety. Part of it is that my husband is along with me, and has no other formal responsibilities of his own, so he is picking up all the slack.

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