So I started this stuff two years ago today, and much to my surprise, I’m still doing it. I wouldn’t have thought I’d have had this much to say — and perhaps I don’t — but I enjoy this enough that it’s become not only a full-fledged hobby, but something that I actually list on my annual faculty reports as a sort of public engagement/scholarship, even if non-traditional.
One of my favorite times of the school day is lunch — as a look at my waistline will quickly attest. But I love it because I get to hang out with remarkably bright, funny, opinionated people, students, staff, and fellow faculty alike. People talk about the academic career as focusing upon the life of the mind. However, just as when I was a student, the most intellectually stimulating moments were the discussions outside of class, so now I find the life of the mind to be stronger at the lunch table sometimes than in the lecture hall (and certainly stronger than during a grading session). I’ve come to think of the blog as an extension of that lunch table — another chance to hang around with smart, funny people who enjoy ideas and a space to talk about them. It’s invigorating, and I thank you for that.
Doubtless as we move closer to the election I’ll have more things about that, and of course, I’ll keep thinking about books, music, and developments in higher ed, both generally and as practiced in Mondoville. Furthermore, I’m sure this will be everyone’s destination for Mondoville Color Guard News, and I’ll offer further notes on the doings at Spackle Manor (assuming I don’t bludgeon Mrs. M for dragging me out of bed before 9 yesterday morning to hold a ladder while she swept debris from de roof, nearly dumping it on de head — some people shouldn’t be allowed to watch HGTV.) There may be darker topics as well — as the man said, “…the world has still/ Much good, but much less good than ill.” When those take front and center, I’ll continue to bring them here as best I feel able.
In any case, I thank you for taking the time from your day, and for choosing to drop by here when you have innumerable other choices online. I’ll try to keep your visits worthwhile.