Monthly Archives: April 2008


Gratitudes: Into the Blue Again

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.

Three Gratitudes:

1. chiropractors everywhere.
2. Special K Powerbars; they taste great and have 10 grams of protein.
3. “good” students — those who actually put forth the effort. There are many of them and I often forget about them in my culture shock.


Public Speaking in an Electronic Age

From deep in the heart of Gen Y in higher ed now means rethinking how I teach public speaking, though with deeply mixed feelings about this. Do I teach to the new, more visual, more “parallel” (rather than linear) thinkers? Or do I try to drag them to the 19th century way of thinking, as Kathleen Jamieson would have us do in Eloquence in an Electronic Age. It’s a puzzle that I constantly turn over in my head.

What Does 30 Mean in Journalism?

In The Advocate online the morning, one of the editorials ended with a -30-. That’s unusual. Usually, the -30- gets edited out before the article goes to press or gets loaded up online. It made me nostalgic for my journalism days. I don’t recall if my journalism teachers ever said exactly why you’re supposed to end an article with -30-.…

More on Ireland

Some of the key sites we saw in Dublin include the Guinness Storehouse, which was a fairly fantastic place. As expected, it walks the tourist through the stages of making Guinness. There is a taste-test room where you can get a shot of Guinness (I skipped the shot), and then there is a rooftop bar filled with tourists drinking the…