Monthly Archives: April 2018

We Interrupt this Gradeapalooza…

… To note that today marks my 8th bloggiversary. Eight years ago, my parents had been buried for ten months, and my brother had been charged with their murders for eight. These were the first things I thought of every … Continue reading

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Weekend Potpourri: Gradeapalooza Break Edition

Something very strange is happening this semester. I decided to set up the syllabus so that I could get everyone’s big project with a little more time left in the term, allowing myself a bit more time for Gradeapalooza. And … Continue reading

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Mid-Career Thoughts

I’m wrapping up my fifteenth year here at Mondoville, and I had my annual progress report/chat with my department chair this afternoon. It occurs to me that I’m nearly at the halfway point of the career I planned on. I … Continue reading

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Goodbye, Aurora

Some of you may recall that one of the Berries’ final shows was a benefit gig for a little girl named Aurora Schmitt, who was suffering from cancer. While I devoutly wish I could offer better news, that’s not how … Continue reading

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Weekend Potpourri: Gradeapalooza Minus 4 Edition

I spent yesterday wading through a pile of annotated bibliographies from my freshpeeps, and now I’m relaxing downstairs. A strong front and storms are rolling in from the west, and Gradeapalooza begins on Thursday. Clearly some random observations are in … Continue reading

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Monday Afternoon Potpourri

The Spawn is at work, Mrs. M is at the Y, and the Hound of the Basketballs is dozing in her laundry room bed. I took care of a bolus of grading yesterday, with Gradeapalooza not quite a couple of … Continue reading

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In Which the Spawn Gets What She Deserves

Mondoville’s Humanities Dept. (including the English, History, Religion/Philosophy, and Spanish programs) held its annual awards reception this afternoon, with heavy hors d’oeuvres and general good feeling, with about three weeks left in the term. Awards went to outstanding seniors in … Continue reading

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How Twigs Get Bent: Scholastic Endeavors

I’ve talked before about the somewhat unusual circumstances of my elementary school years. I had free run of the school library, the local public branch, and my dad’s collection of books from about first grade on. I also read the … Continue reading

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Easter, 2018

When I was a kid, Christmas was my favorite holiday. I suspect that’s pretty typical in American culture, and I was no exception. I liked Easter too, of course, but it wasn’t hyped the same way, and (if I’m going … Continue reading

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