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Archive for January, 2009

Emails from a Nasty Man

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Yesterday I received the meanest set of emails I’ve ever seen. I don’t know the guy who sent them to me. They were in response to a request to a webmaster, and my emails all consisted of “please, thank you, sorry” in varying amounts. His were filled with personal abuse and vituperation. Now, this poor […]

Ice Storm

Friday, January 30th, 2009

So, yeah, I’ve had an eventful week. Actually, Monday began with a good class. I had the students do some group work at the computers, followed by drawing graphic organizers showing their conclusions on the white boards. There was a moment, with all these nice young people in their ethnically and linguistically varied array working […]

Thursday January 29, 2009

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Here’s how it looks at my house. I just got my electricity back. I’ll come write more when I get caught up.                                                                   […]

Monday January 26, 2009

Monday, January 26th, 2009

  These were our tables at the Ministry Fair yesterday. We signed up quite a few more volunteers. I went home then and graded papers and took a nap. A friend came to visit, then, and we had a good talk about the economy, education, and 21st century skills, not to mention No Child Left […]

Sunday January 25, 2009

Sunday, January 25th, 2009

I’m having trouble waking up this morning. Yesterday I did that grocery shopping, laundry, and not nearly enough housekeeping. Then I spent some time on the book proposal with Chanthaboune. We are inching toward completion at glacial speed. An hour or so with a book, and then I headed on to Janalisa’s inauguration party. She has […]

Saturday January 24, 2009

Saturday, January 24th, 2009

I’ve been getting these announcements that So and So is following me on Twitter. Initially, I treated these the way I do friend requests here at Xanga or at Facebook: I make sure that it’s not a request from a bad neighborhood, and then I say yes. I don’t invite friends at either place, because […]

Friday January 23, 2009

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

I got my class schedule for next fall, and I have three classes — two face to face and one online. Teaching is my least profitable work activity, but I was still glad of it. I was talking last night to a teacher friend about how I’d internalized the concept of billable hours and given […]

Thursday January 22, 2009

Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

Yesterday was a day full of cool stuff. My class went well, though I still didn’t get pictures as I promised I would. I got the first set of papers downloaded from my online class, graded, and uploaded, so there are no more new tech skills to work on there. I had a couple new jobs begin and a phone […]

Understanding Leviticus

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

Last night I had a lively discussion with a complete stranger about the ritual uncleanness of women in childbirth, according to the book of Leviticus. You, too, probably. Seriously, I think that was a first. But it was very interesting. I think modern people have a lot of trouble with Leviticus. There’s all that stuff […]

Tuesday January 20, 2009

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009
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