Archive for March, 2007

How Many Ways

Thursday, March 29th, 2007

can I say “don’t plagiarize”? Because obviously the five or six ways I communicate this now are not getting through to my students.
There are few things more disheartening than firing up your laptop in the midst of a student presentation, typing the term they’re discussing into Google, clicking on the first result and reading along […]

Oh, to be in England

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

The British Museum’s running a new exhibition: A New World: England’s First View of America which features the watercolours of John White who visited what is now North Carolina and Virginia in the late sixteenth century. His granddaughter, Virginia Dare, was the first English child born in North America. (More in a review of the […]


Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

One of our local radio stations randomly phones up people. If you answer with their annoying and objectionable catchphrase, you win cash.
One of the Toronto television stations does something similar with their morning show. The hosts will phone you up and if you answer as they prompt, you’ll win the bag of goodies they’re giving […]

Rude Awakening

Monday, March 26th, 2007

The conference went well, thank you very much. Though with over 300 sessions in twelve slots, you won’t be surprised to learn that we didn’t have a big audience at our session. Their loss! The hotel was fine (too few elevators but that was more than compensated, in my opinion, by the enormous hotel room […]


Wednesday, March 21st, 2007

Am in Fabulous Southern Destination City for big conference.
Look! There are palm trees out there!
And not only my sister met up with me here, but my father as well. So academic conference plus family reunion!
I still miss my husband and my girls, but this trip is now officially more than worthwhile!

Research Buzz

Friday, March 16th, 2007

The other day I talked about the research bug. But maybe a better term is research buzz. ‘Cause I just finished up my conference paper yesterday (all 2700 words, ouch! — might have to eliminate a few if I don’t want to race through the talk) and I’m still feeling quite the buzz. I want […]

Teaching as Interruption

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

Normally I don’t see my teaching as an interruption to my “real work”. After all, small regional university? We’re here to teach. But today, dangit!, I was in the groove this morning, utterly focused on my research and writing. Dug into Rowley’s When You See Me, You Know Me (a 1605 play about the early […]

Gone Away

Monday, March 12th, 2007

The girls are down south for their annual March Break with the in-laws. Eldest had a hard time settling in without me, last night. I hope she goes to bed more comfortably tonight.
The house is quiet and approaching cleanliness. It’s 5:18 and The Simpsons isn’t blaring away on the television as a pre-dinner distraction. I’m […]

Digitization Dreams

Saturday, March 10th, 2007

In today’s New York Times you can find an excellent article on the limitations of digitization of historical sources. I agree that there’s still far too little available online, caused by the twin problems of copyright limitations (particularly for 20th century works) and the sheer expense of digitizing sources.
While the article does depress me with […]

The Wages of Subterfuge

Friday, March 9th, 2007

When one briefly ducks out of one meeting to rush to another on the pretext of needing to visit the washroom, one cannot comfortably claim a real bathroom break a short while later.
Just so’s you know!