End of the Semester Fry

I’m so fried right now that I’m staring at my monitor and doing nothing. Not even Facebooking or deleting old email. This is a sign of my state of mind. I have probably 200 emails in my home account, read but not dealt with or deleted, which violates one of the most basic rules of time management — read it…

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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.…