Friday, January 30, 2009

Just my type?

So Typealyzer thinks this blog has the exact opposite Myers-Briggs type I do: it's ESFP, and I'm INTJ. How did that happen?

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009


  • I have a deadline that I am currently not meeting.
  • I would like to meet it, but I just don't quite know enough yet.
  • Blogging will not, at this point, help that.
  • The ice on the cherry tree limbs this morning, in the fog, glowed almost pinky-white--a harbinger of the blossoms that will be there soon.
  • I have to believe in that "soon."
  • I am really tired of winter, and it's not even February yet.
  • I'm not sure Twitter is helping me become more concise.
  • I'm not sure I'm giving it a chance.
  • I forgot to mention yesterday that I blogged at Inside Higher Ed, as I usually do on Tuesdays.
  • Here it is.
  • I participated today in a panel on "balancing teaching and scholarship."
  • I have rarely felt like such a fraud in public.
  • I take comfort in knowing that my co-panelists did, too.
  • Though I of course am sure they are not frauds.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009


this is over at my other blog today:

I'm teaching a new course this semester, and I blogged about it for IHE today. I felt a little badly that I didn't have an inauguration post for IHE, but it just didn't happen. I'm not there, I'm here--and in fact I'm teaching from 11:15 to 12:30, right when the action will be happening. But then it occurred to me--my course is about revolutionary moments, moments when things changed in some significant way. And so I've decided that we'll take a little break in my class to watch it live, just so we can say we, too, saw the moment. Maybe we'll even think about analyzing the rhetoric of the speech, if we have time.

Check out this gorgeous photo essay here, too.

And there's lots of great children's lit/inauguration blogging going on, too. I probably won't find it all, but don't miss Monica Edinger's link to her earlier "Letters to Obama" post. And Betsy Bird has some great stuff up at Fuse#8. The incomparable Julius Lester has an inspiring post (ok, it was from yesterday). There's more, but that will get you started.

[edited to add: you can read my dad's inauguration prayer here, too!]

Thursday, January 15, 2009

check out my fabulous sister

Who was interviewed here, on the Craving Balance blog.

Friday, January 09, 2009

I guess this needs a title

It's been a crazy week around here. After the excitement of last week (ahem), we were hoping for some quiet. But the fridge broke, the (other) car shudders when it runs, and the (first, recently fixed) car needed a brake job. I was supposed to upgrade some software on my computer this week but I decided not to tempt fate, honestly. The cable/phone bill came and it's wrong--by about 150%--again. And I took Mariah to the airport to fly away for her semester in San Francisco, driving home in pouring rain that turned a two-hour drive into three. I've been playing catch-up all week at work, and will need to spend the weekend in the office to get my syllabi in shape for Tuesday, when I start teaching again. Oh, and I had a doctor's appointment today (no big deal, just routine) that took up a lot of time and ended with, yes, another appointment. Still routine, but more time. Sigh.

So I was really glad to see this link to a nice review of Mama, PhD.

And I enjoyed skyping with Mariah tonight. As Mark said, the future is here. Now, where's my jetpack?