Archive for April, 2006

Short of the Mark

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Before I get back to the marking, let me just observe that it’s really frustrating to read papers that fall short of the mark in so many ways. Some are too short and it’s not a virtue of concision, simply insufficient material. Others are short on sources and while they may fill the page count, […]

Back to Marking

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

I got distracted for a few hours there: writing up a “How to start a graduate program” brief for a friend (it’ll be off in the email as soon as I proofread it), checking the enrollment status of students signed up for next year’s senior seminars (we might have to turf the third years in […]

(Un)subtle Pressure

Tuesday, April 18th, 2006

Okay, I can’t dilly-dally any more this morning marking assignments on WebCT. I dropped everyone off at their destination, filled the car up with gas, bought and put away groceries and now I have two very depressed dogs napping and sighing at my feet, waiting for me to take them on their walk. Since it’s […]

Fun with CD Burners

Monday, April 17th, 2006

I made a mix CD for our Easter weekend car trip after considering what a pain it was to try and pack fifty-seven different CDs when, for many of the albums, there’s really only one or two songs I like, etc. But it’s a dangerous thing to put me in charge of a CD burner […]

Bullet Points of Bulletins

Thursday, April 13th, 2006

I’m getting into this list thing so, as I get ready for our Easter roadtrip down south, I’ll share what’s on my mind in bullet point format:

The worst time to fill up a car is Holy Thursday in a town where everything’s closed Good Friday
The little house down the road sold within a week of […]

Randomly Happy

Wednesday, April 12th, 2006

Stress and pressure fade away when ever I stop to enjoy one or more of the following:

Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo`ole
wearing my red chenille sweater
Ozzie curling up in my lap
a big mug of tea with cream
youngest singing “I’ll Love You Forever” with me
making amazing new research finds (1890 volume of the TRSC? I’ll love […]

Birthday List Suggestions?

Monday, April 10th, 2006

Oh, wise friends! My birthday’s coming in just over a month and family members are seeking a list of things I want. I already have a lot of stuff: a MP3 player, a PDA, a computer, lots of books still to read, clothes to cover my back, even new sandals to wear once the weather […]

Extra Office Hours

Monday, April 10th, 2006

It’s exam week and I’m in a groove, in the office. I know that some professors prefer to spend as much of exam period possible at home. I do, sometimes, too. There’s something great about being able to pick up and go for a walk on a gorgeous, sunny day. But I have commitments keeping […]


Saturday, April 8th, 2006

Girls both got their YMCA sports report cards today and each of them graduated out of their current swimming levels to proceed to the next. We’re ever so proud: eldest worked hard to develop the requisite endurance skills and youngest has fully overcome her fear of jumping in the pool.
Now we’re looking at the spring […]

Friday Poetry Blogging

Friday, April 7th, 2006

The Clear-Thinking Edition (dedicated to PZ Myers)
Whatever Is
Whatever is we only know
As in our minds we find it so;
No staring fact is half so clear
As one dim, preconceived idea –-
No matter how the fact may glow.
Vainly may Truth her trumpet blow
To stir our minds; like heavy dough
They stick to what they think — won’t hear
Whatever […]