Archive for August, 2005

Shall we settle?

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Iraq’s long-delayed new constitution is making the news this month. Some conservatives are nettled at liberal challenges over the weak case for women’s rights in the new program. Remember that under Saddam Hussein, terror and brutality may have ruled the day but women had equal standing. Not so in what’s emerged from the latest rounds […]

Gas Crazy

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

The town’s gone gas crazy. With prices set to zoom up by 20% or more, everyone in town seems to be filling up. Every station we passed had lines heading out into the traffic: shades of the 70s oil crisis!
It wasn’t my first priority since we had two-thirds of a tank, but I’m still pleased […]

Bright things

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

Like One Bright Star, I’m choosing to accentuate the positive and hold myself to those things that will stand me in good stead throughout the upcoming term:
I choose to put my teaching first not in mere commitment of time but in well-defined ways that will improve my student’s experience and my own sense of course […]

Frustrations in a Minor Key

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Why does my FTP to the department website suddenly not work anymore? Especially when I have colleagues’ cv files to post and no way to get them up. And no response from the university webmaster. It’s one darned tech disaster after another here, compounded by the fact that the entire university internet access will go […]

Into the swing

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Tomorrow’s our first department meeting of the term — things should go well enough, I imagine. The big difficulty is getting my head around the fact that classes start in a little more than a week. I have to get my reserve lists ready (which means I have to decide what all goes on reserve […]

Here we go again!

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

Hello friends! You’ve found me again in my new internet incarnation. Since I moved servers with my host and upgraded services, I’ve taken this opportunity for a fresh start with blogging. All of my old posts are backed up on my own computer but the backlog won’t be posted back here. After four years of […]