Archive for September, 2005

Hooray for him

Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Just read that my doctoral supervisor received an entirely well deserved 3M Teaching Fellowship. I’ve been blessed with many gifted professors during my own education and he is definitely one of the best. Watching him energize a classroom to get excited about some of the most minute aspects of Western Civ shows you how a […]


Wednesday, September 21st, 2005

Many people are bemused when I tell them I belong to a faculty union that isn’t the tea and sherry variety (not that I have anything against those lovely institutions). No, this is a union in the trade union sense. Since I started work as a professor some fourteen years back (eep!), we’ve avoided strikes.
This […]

Go Watch BSG

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

What are you doing, surfing the blogosphere tonight? You should be watching the new Battlestar Galactica Season One DVDs which were finally released today in North America. As a lovely bonus, the set also contains the 2003 miniseries that launched this new, totally non-cheesy take on the old scifi title.
Watch it all!

Ivory Tower Tales

Tuesday, September 20th, 2005

Every institution has these stories — some few ones with a basis in reality, many that are clearly apocryphal. As I dealt with the frustration that comes from teaching in what I lovingly call “The Sauna” (a large classroom with no windows and a tendency to feel abominably overheated even before they turn on the […]

Time Enough

Monday, September 19th, 2005

I realize there really is time enough for everything that’s important and everything that I really want to do. The only tough part is identifying and cutting out all those things that are adiaphora. And protecting the important blocks of time that seem to get eaten into with students desperately needing meetings and course preps […]


Monday, September 19th, 2005

Got home from work and the phone rang — eldest feeling sick and wanting to come home early from school. Her cold medicine that she’d taken before the start of school had faded away so I wasn’t too surprised. Right now she’s sitting on the couch beside me, finishing her homework. In a little while, […]

Annnnnd Canter!

Saturday, September 17th, 2005

Eldest managed a milestone in her riding lessons today — her instructor not only taught her to recognize but also how to properly post with the correct diagonal. She quickly caught onto that concept and then enthusiastically agreed to her suggestion that they attempt the canter.
She did very well in her three goes, managing a […]

Since Rising Early

Friday, September 16th, 2005

I should have enough time to do all of the following:

Take a shower
Cook a delicious breakfast omelette
Walk dogs
Get groceries
Wash a few more loads of laundry (Thanks, Mike)
Split seminar into two discussion sessions and post
Meet student
Take eldest to buy a birthday present for weekend sleepover
Write down the absolutely fabulous restructured introduction for article in revision so […]

Teaching: Exhilaration and Exhaustion

Thursday, September 15th, 2005

My classes are going well this year, at least as far as I can tell. My western civ students tackled their first tutorial, on Venetian laws dealing with the Black Death, with enthusiasm and insight. We sustained that back-and-forth energy throughout the following lecture where I fielded more than a dozen questions and only had […]

Don’t Eat the Money

Wednesday, September 14th, 2005

The dogs go crazy in the morning after the girls have gone to school, hoping that this is the time for their walk. They are like kids on sugar-highs, chasing after anything.
I came in the house and set my purse down, it tipped over and the billfold disgorged two twenty dollar bills. I turned around, […]