This Week

I’ve been away from the computer for nearly a week. Actually, that’s not true; I check e-mail because professionally, I need to do so.  Students and their problems don’t go away because I might want them to; for some of my students, I’m the closest thing they have to a father figure or an emotional…

Windy Thoughts

It is windy here. I love seasonal windstorms.  Despite its roar, and the cacophony of noises outside from tumbling trash cans, mailboxes, awnings, and who-knows-what-else, I’ve always found the sound of a windstorm to be somewhat comforting, not too different from listening to a thunderstorm or some other white noise. It amuses me, too.  Despite…

Ah, Youth

For a Friday, today was pretty lackluster.   On the way home, I took the back road again, but this time there was a surprising amount of traffic.  As I drew near to the frontage road that would eventually dump me onto the Interstate, I was nearly hit by a car exiting a highway eatery/gas…

Morning Ramblings

I’ve been up since before 5 am.  I’m anxious, but I don’t know why. My immediate thought is that it’s due to my prep work, which has been moving rather smoothly.  I’ve mentioned before that I like to update my lecture materials, and given that I’m teaching a couple of courses that I’ve not taught…

Getting Ready

It is, when considering the wind chill, nearly 0ºF outside.  It feels like it’s only three degrees higher inside. I’m in preparation for the return to work.  I’ve already prepared class syllabi wherein I spell out my expectations, the university’s expectations, and the repercussions involved for failing us both.  Funny thing about my syllabi: When I…

Giving a Hand

With school starting in a few days, I decided to restock my supply cabinet.  Tons of note cards, pencils, pens, folders, and erasers – everything except notebooks, and it’s all ready for the cabinet. I should add this:  The things you see here?  They’re not for me. You see, for years now I’ve had students…

It’s Almost Here

The last four days have been absolutely amazing, insofar as the weather is concerned.  It’s been cool, humid-free, and relaxing;  I wish that the entirety of summer had been this way, but it’s no big deal.  It’s pretty decent right now and I’m happy. The fall term starts in two weeks, and while I’ve spent…

A Criminal Booklist, pt. 1

In preparation for my upcoming academic term, I figured I’d post some of the materials I’ve been using, just in case others have similar literary interests.  My focus (for the time being, at least) is on the 19th century, both as a social turning point, but also as one in which crime became a social…

The Transit of Mercury

You know, I was feeling fairly decent today.  That was the case this morning, at least.  Woke up earlier than usual, was cleaned, dressed, and on my way almost 15 minutes ahead of schedule.  Seemed like this was going to be a great day. And why not?  The skies were clear, science was in the…

What to Cook

In many ways, I’ve been extremely negative as of late, and in an attempt to “cross back into the light,” as it were, I thought that I should share a recent find with you.  I’m actually quite excited by it all. Some weeks ago, I visited a museum gift shop that had copies of Jane…

New Projects – Or Not

While doing something-or-another, I managed to twist my back.  In doing so, I’ve managed to aggravate the earlier existing pain, meaning that the last day or so has not been pleasant.  But, life goes on, as they say; I don’t have the luxury of sitting around and convalescing, because I’ve got stuff to do.  …

It’s Friday!

When I got into my car this morning, I noticed a small grayish-brown speck about eight inches from my face.  Now, I’ve been having my migraines again – painful ones, at that – and I didn’t necessarily take what was in front of me as actually being in front of me.  It was, after all, a…