Tuesday Ramblings

I’m a week into the new term and it’s . . . well, weird. I don’t have any students who stand out.  Not in an academic sense, mind you – I’ve not done much at this point to identify anyone’s ability just yet.  Rather, I mean that there are no class clowns, loudmouths, or pains…

A Little Note

This weekend, I received a note – a very nice one, in fact – from a former student of mine.  In it, she updated me on her life, wished me well, and tossed out the idea of a possible get-together over coffee.  I wrote back, updating her on a couple of my own life events…

Wednesday Thoughts

Well, USPS has neither returned nor delivered the package I mailed off two weeks ago, so I’m assuming that it’s lost.  My friend – bless her – went to her post office and asked about the box; they told her that it was somewhere in the system and that she might get it soon.  I’m…

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…

Another Wednesday

I am trying to assess where today falls insofar as the “Good Day/Bad Day” grading system is concerned.  It’s been an overwhelming day, to say the least. The Little Woman and I are having renovations done at home.  Well, one room – the kitchen – to be exact.  This is not something that I wanted,…

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…

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…

Friendship and Food

On Friday, I received a surprise visit from one of my favorite former students.  She’s off attending graduate school and returned to the area for personal business; she thought enough of me to stop by and show her face. I’m glad she did. 

Taking a Big Risk?

I mentioned my Jane Austen idea to a colleague and it turns out that someone else is doing something very similar at another school.  This, of course, piqued my interest, and what started out as a random though may find itself become a full blown, legitimate event.  I may just go ahead and map out…