Archive for May, 2007

Scylla and Charybdis

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

Like other women of my age, I’ve intensely internalized the drive to not be a bother. (This often annoys those near and dear to me as I consequently suffer from the work-related difficulty in “saying no” as well as a profound dislike of trumpeting my own horn.)
That kind of attitude makes for a great team […]

Pomp and Convocation

Tuesday, May 29th, 2007

Today’s the first of several convocations at our U. We’re graduating over 2000 students this go-round. Good for them!
I have to confess, I really don’t like academic convocations. Not any of the ones I’ve attended in my capacity as student or professor. I have a longstanding loathing of convocations dating back to my childhood when […]

Reading for Fun: Fathom Five

Sunday, May 27th, 2007

I finally have in my hot little hands the sequel to James Bow’s wonderful YA novel, The Unwritten Girl: Fathom Five. (I had to wait for eldest to finish it before I could start in.)
Having loved the first book in the series so much, and having followed him workshopping parts of the stories on his […]

Poetry Saturday

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

Breaking all the rules again, I know. But eldest got one of those Fridge Magnet Poetry sets and we’ve been having lots of fun today. (General Flickr update has been done, as well — check out my Flickr page for pictures from the past month including our Virginia vacation.)

Twelve Years On

Friday, May 25th, 2007

This being eldest’s birthday weekend, I took a small gaggle of preteen girls out to see the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie. As an extra treat and to acknowledge their maturity, I let them enjoy the movie without my inhibiting presence. (As an aside, this was a bit of a sacrifice since I am […]

Office Move: Pros and Cons

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

There’s a chance for me to move my office at the university. I’ve been in the same room for sixteen years, now. My file cabinet is sunk into the floor (it was already like that when I was hired). The room has a very limited configuration of space. I am heartily sick of it. But, […]

Essays, Ads and Ethics

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007

Google is finally taking action on one of the banes of academia in this electronic age: refusing advertisements for essay-writing services. Hurray!
Let’s be honest here. No matter what the reps for these companies claim, these businesses are not simply providing “models of a good essay” to students. They’re giving their customers, potentially our students, work […]

Home Again

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

We made it all the way from the sunny and historic state back to our house today. (In-laws were under the weather with colds that have dragged on — we didn’t want to burden them with having us in the house!) It was almost 12 straight hours of travel to do this but, oh!, our […]

Back to Reality

Friday, May 18th, 2007

The vacation is almost at an end. The entire family has had a glorious time and we would love to be back here in a year. There are so many amusements and historic sites still to experience!
But pets and family and work and packing all beckon, so we’re flying north tomorrow and settling back in […]

400 Years On

Friday, May 11th, 2007

This weekend marks the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement. Jamestown, if you don’t know, was the first successful English settlement in the New World and was the basis of the Virginia colony. Named after King James VI and I, the settlement went through some very tough times early on and relied heavily on the […]