Momentous Blogging Occasion

Writing is difficult for me. This is my 401st blog entry. Made possibly only because I spent an afternoon transferring old blog entries from my archives and journals. But this is still a big deal for me. I have never been good at journaling. I’ve always wanted to be good at it, but it’s never worked out for me. I…

Progress on Cleaning my Study

I know the whole world eagerly anticipates my detailed description of my garbage, so I will appease your curiosity. Ten things I found today in my file cabinets (some of which were trashed and some kept) 1. My very first D&D character. It was actually AD&D, generated some 15 years ago. 2. Papers from my undergraduate years at UT –…

Obama, Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Dangerous Negro

Today in the Huffington Post there’s an article saying that Rupert Murdoch called Obama “dangerous”: “I think Barack Obama would describe himself as a pragmatic leftist but he’s not an extremist,” Murdoch said. “I think he sees himself as a president for change and that involves bigger government. He’s made no secret of that. I think that’s dangerous.” This statement…

Some Things I Threw Out Today

1. Transparencies from 1995. 2. Mimeo/ditto handouts from 1995. 3. Christmas socks with a hole in the toe. 4. Lots of mismatched socks whose mates are somewhere in sock purgatory. 5. Student Evaluations from 1991-1998. 6. Dayrunner pages from 1995-1998. 7. A car repair bill from 1996. 8. A box full of xeroxed readings for old course reading packets. 9.…

Threes: Under the Rocks and Stones

Three things I should have done by now but haven’t 1. Put my tag on my license plate and my registration in my glove compartment. 2. Renewed my driver’s license. 3. Graded the last three quizzes I gave in class. Three movies I’ve seen recently 1. Hangover 2. Up 3. Drag Me To Hell Three things I shouldn’t have eaten…

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L. Frank Baum and Oz

I am making steps toward my goal of cleaning my office this summer. Yesterday, I tackled one of my bookshelves and encountered my 1929 edition Oz book, Ozma of Oz. I’ve always loved the art by John R. Neill, and I especially like the 1929 art nouveau (I guess that’s what it is) cover. Finding this book raised many fond…

Threes: Into the Blue Again

Two more reasons why I’m hopelessly retro: 1. I miss Tetris and Final Fantasy on NES. I can’t even begin to play the new FF games. Too confusing. 2. I still think that Pluto is a planet. Three things I did today: 1. Mailed out the PSP I sold on Amazon.com 2. Taught for three hours. 3. Tried to delete…

Gratitudes

Gratitudes: Same as it Ever Was

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. Maymester is more than half over.
2. The memories I have retrieved by cleaning out my room.
3. My cat.

Three More Treasures

Three more treasures I found in my office: This is a butterfly that the kid made in 2001 (age 10) at an art camp. I’m not sure what the medium is, but it is very textured. This is the cover of a Tank Girl comic book I found and scanned. I don’t usually do comic books, but I do love…