I'd forgotten I wrote this, but here's a post from a few years back from a "teacher's blog" I used to do. Sadly, I don't think much has changed in the past couple of years in terms of serious student anxieties. But the response holds true, I...
The Beginning of I Am
I am eggshells,
From Dippity-Do and Little Women.
I am from pink bricks, cluttered rooms, and tiny windows,
Volatile, longing, mother bent over full baskets and an ironing board.
I am from a Chinese elm by the driveway
Lovely in bloom but fragile, taking survival a year at a...
My fellow Butte County Volunteers: We are, most of us, past the acute phase of crisis, and into the period of "aftermath". Even our survivors, we see, have lost much. I noticed today that in some places, there were more helpers than those directly afflicted by the Camp Fires (who must, by...
Today's text and question from my daughter as we discussed my granddaughter, currently in college, and recently accepted to participate in a trip to Guatamala in 2019. Understandably my daughter is both elated and a bit nervous.
This is where my Northern California experiences with University...
From the poet Elizabeth Bishop: "The art of losing isn't hard to master; so many things seem filled with the intent /to be lost that their loss is no disaster/ Lose something every day/ Accept the fluster / of lost door keys, the hour badly spent."
In other words, get used to it,...
Well, I teach business/management, so I think I am justified in what I am about to say. Recently, an unnamed dealership service manager representative did me a solid by offering to plead my case to the auto maker to extend my warranty just a bit to cover a really expensive repair. The consumer in...
Who could not use a message like this? Not me.
What the hell? I was told today that my car apparently has had a rodent infestation, which has created an engine problem, which means hours of work ahead for skilled mechanics to pull my car apart, diagnose the REAL problem (rats or otherwise) and fix it. My advisor also helpfully let me know about...
My family will laugh at the title. I loved that movie, whereas everyone I know who watched it with me feel asleep. Birds I have loved, for so many reasons. Just watch that old documentary - if you can stay awake, write me, we are utterly sympatico.
But I write about another migration - I have a new...
I was never too much of a pet person, but I married a pet that came with Marc. Grayson was a gray elder cat, and very attuned to his Man. He (cat) generally regarded me as an interloper, but he was just funny enough, just in need enough of brushing enough, so that I bonded with him too...