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Tokyo Trip

Well, my husband has decided that we are going to Tokyo for Christmas break. He has purchased the tickets and reserved our rooms. This is completely out of the blue. I’m quite excited. I still haven’t had a chance to blog about Rome! And now we’re going to Tokyo! Ah, well. I will have all summer to catch up. I added a summer countdown to my sidebar which will help me get through the next month. I’m missing the days when work was easy.

Tattoo 2

From session #2 with Kristen at Art Addictions The session lasted three hours. Kristen filled in most of the color except for one corner. She also still needs to do the leaves on the tree and the rest of the ripping skin. This one hurt. My limit was definitely two and a half hours and I gritted my teeth during…

Wannabe Feminism

It is no accident that Enlightened Sexism, Susan J. Douglas’s new book, opens with a discussion of the Spice Girls. The Spice Girls represent the negation of feminism by commercial cooptation. Girl Power, which the Spice Girls placed front and center in the public imaginary in the 90s, is what Douglas calls “bustier feminism,” a frosted cupcake of an ambiguous…

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Spaghetti Marshmellow Towers

One of my favorite team building activities is the spaghetti marshmellow tower. In this activity, students build a tower made out of spaghetti sticks and marshmellows in order to assess their performance and communication skills in a team situation.  To build the tower, the students must “buy” their materials (spaghetti = 10 ¢, large marshmellow = 25¢, small marshmellow =…

A Day of Lessons in Stereotypes – Some Examples From Teaching Communication

Today has been an interesting lesson in stereotypes. Lesson one: I had a guest speaker from Deaf Services in BR come to my Interpersonal Communication class. He was dynamic and interesting, and the students loved him. Before his visit, I decided to learn a little more about Deaf culture. The capital D is important to people in the Deaf community.…

Confessions of a Facebook slacktivist

I was playing on Facebook Facecrack tonight when I noticed how many groups, pages, and causes I’ve joined. The accumulated weight of my mouse clicks shocked me not only because of these groups’ sheer purposelessness (i.e., the various Farmville hate groups) but also because joining generally leads to nothing fruitful even when the groups are actually meaningful to me (i.e.,…

Reality Check on Health Care

See? It just proves it! Today, in the wake of the “historic” bill signed by the “historic” president, the liberal blogosphere has been crowing over the health care bill. I find this disturbing. People are cheering because the bill was resuscitated after its near death and they applaud that the bill went through with enough votes that Democrats didn’t need…

Link-o-mania – Collectible Edition

1. Hostage: A Love Story — Very funny video starring Zachary Quinto who takes a woman hostage and then marries her. 2.  The Orangutan and the Hound — This is a lovely story about the friendship between an Orangutan and a dog. I LOVED this video. It reminded me so much of Donna Haraway’s work, since she’s written about primates…