The Yin & Yang of Birthdays

March 24, 2011

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SOMEONE in my house (not me) is having a birthday this week.  Since I live with one other person and a cat whose exact date of birth is unknown, that really narrows it down.   In my humble opinion*, birthdays must be celebrated with a one-cake minimum.  Or at least a single piece of cake, […]

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A Human Project

March 11, 2011

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A few days ago, one of my Facebook friends posted one of those inspirational notes.  Usually these notes (at least in my experience) are full of kind feeling towards others, specific good thoughts about friends, or well-wishes for a (usually) beleaguered population.  But this inspirational post was about selfishness.  Well, at least that’s the controversial […]

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Hello, Soapbox!

March 3, 2011

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I’ll preface this particular post with a warning label: I am fired up from a meeting I attended, so I may be a bit “hot” at the moment to be writing.  But I have always used writing not only to express myself, but also to help me think, and I need to order my thoughts […]

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The New “Fight Club”

February 25, 2011

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I don’t pretend to know much about boys, really.  Especially today, and especially boys today who are teenagers.  Most of the students in my courses, while they might still qualify as teens, have already passed through a few of the flaming hoops in their lives,* and are in the process of adjusting to college life.  […]

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R.I.P. Pinwheel

February 19, 2011

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Our beloved ninety-nine cent pinwheel, featured in “The Ice Storm Cometh,” has finally bitten the dust: the fifty mph wind gusts today have ripped it from its moorings on the deck post, and it is likely lost forever.  At least now we know where to put the weather-vane, should we ever get one. Also interesting: […]

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Why I “heart” proofreading

February 15, 2011

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See that?  THAT horrifying typo/mistake/embarrassment appears in the Instructor’s Resource Manual for the textbook I’m currently using for my Composition class, Writing: A Guide for College and Beyond (not my choice, in case you’re interested).  I especially love how it is offset and presented in a little text box, drawing attention to it.  The highlighting […]

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Paper Drama

February 12, 2011

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My students are starting their first research paper this weekend, so one of our conversations this week was about “criticism” and “skepticism.”  Most of them give both terms a negative connotation, but what I’m trying to do is ask them to not believe blindly, and to consider the source.  I pretty much consider a healthy […]

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