Monthly Archives: September 2007

In the Valley of Elah and Eastern Promises

I’ve seen two really good movies this weekend. In the Valley of Elah and Eastern Promises. In the Valley of Elah, directed by Paul Haggis, was very moving and disturbing to me. Much more so than the movie Crash, which I felt ended up reinforcing white privilege as much as challenging racism. One review called the movie “lacerating.” That’s a…

The Jena Six

At Jena High School, students of different races customarily seldom sat together. Black students traditionally sat on bleachers near the auditorium, while white students sat under a large shade tree, referred to as the “white tree,” in the center of the school courtyard.During a school assembly on August 31, 2006, a black male freshman student asked permission from the principal…

Cats and Sweets

Randomly, I wondered whether or not cats can taste sweet things. According to this link, they cannot. Apparently, they lack the gene and the taste receptors, whatever that means. Actually, my wondering wasn’t so random. My cat keeps trying to get my grapes, but when I finally offer them to her, she turns her nose up at them. I suspect…

Gratitudes

Gratitudes: Letting the Days Go By

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. I am grateful for the great staff at my job. The library staff gave a wonderful presentation for my class, and the library scavenger hunt that my colleague and I wrote. Also a staffer from facility services was helpful above and beyond the call of duty today regarding my office key. People are so nice here.
2. I am grateful that I have a better teaching schedule this semester, and I hope I’m as lucky next semester.
3. I am grateful who people still come by my blog even though I’m not really blogging.