I hate roaches.

I hate them.

I particularly hate them when they are in my house.

I hate them even more when they crawl up my jeans’ leg when I have my jeans on.

I hate roaches.

Did I mention that?

Poor Grammar in Emails

This is a funny idea I read on a Chronicle of Higher Education forum. If a student writes and the grammar in the email is poor, send them a message to revise and re-send the email.

I like it.

Of course, I do teach composition.

What to say to students?

What to say to students when they don’t want to write the argument for the side they disagree with?

Maybe this will work.

Sun Tzu, the Art of War:
It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.

Paper accepted

I had a paper on fairy tales accepted to a journal. However, I had published about 1/4 of it on my blog. So I had to tell them that. I have offered to take the posts down. I hope that it won’t matter. I certainly hope it won’t kill the article acceptance. I really need some publications!

Pubs list:
one contracted book
one published book review
one accepted essay set
one accepted encyclopedia article
one creative nonfiction piece in review after revision
one article in revision after review
three proposals out
three articles out

See? Haven’t got a lot of publications yet. And I need some serious ones. Then I need to start thinking about maybe going into administration or something. Gotta get a job eventually.

Having trouble letting it go.

I had an interview ten days ago. I didn’t think it went well, after the first hour of euphoria anyway.

I really wanted that job. Oh well. I guess it wasn’t meant to be.

Presentations: lots of checks
Publications: some checks, with more coming
WAC/WID experience: some last year, even more this year
Online training: this month
Online teaching: next semester?

I am doing all I know how to do to make myself more marketable. But maybe I’m just an idiot. There are plenty of people who have been adjuncting for twenty years and can’t find jobs. I’ve already been told I was thought of as “too old” by some of the committee.

Maybe I need a facelift.

Can I start leaving graduation dates off my CV?

Yeah, what she said.

Any cause better served by lies than by the truth is a cause that its defenders believe doesn’t have an intellectual leg to stand on.

The HeadMistress at the Common Room.

If you go through her posts within the last week, you will see several leg-lacking arguments revealed.

Good Advice

Keep a diary: Instead of talking about your problems, write them down. People who spend a few moments a day structuring their thoughts on paper experience a remarkable boost in their physical and psychological wellbeing.

Smile, sit up and act happy: You might not feel like it, but the easiest way to be happy is to start acting as if you are. Smile for a few seconds, sit up straight instead of slouching and act jolly. Your mood will soon follow suit.

Buy experiences, not things: Shopping till you drop might seem like a good way to banish the blues, but research shows that you’ll feel a whole lot better if you spend your money on a holiday, a concert or a meal.

Dresses, shoes and gadgets give you a short-term buzz, but new experiences and spending time with friends will make you happier in the long run.

Make plans: People don’t just find themselves at the top of Everest – you need a plan if you want to achieve your goals. Luckily, researchers have now discovered the six key elements that make a scheme successful.

They are to write it down; tell friends about it; draw up a timetable; break it up into achievable steps; reward yourself after completing each step; and spend time reminding yourself of the benefits of reaching your goal.

Seize the day: If you have a tendency to procrastinate, researchers recommend that you start small, and work on the task you keep putting off for just a few minutes. Starting any activity causes anxiety, which will not be relieved until the work is done.

Even the smallest of starts, therefore, will trick your brain into wanting to see the project through to the end.

Take centre stage: Want to boost your chances of making a good impression at a meeting or social gathering? Simply sit near the middle of the table or group. Researchers believe that when assessing a group, people use a basic rule of thumb: important people sit at the heart of it.

Ask for a favour: As long as the favour is relatively small (e.g. borrowing a book), research shows that asking someone to do a little something for you will actually make them like you more.

Eat fast, then slow down: While dozens of diet books advise you to eat slowly in order to feel fuller, research shows that people who start eating at their normal rate before slowing down to half their normal speed experience an even greater reduction in appetite – and lose weight accordingly.

Throw away the big plates: The larger your fork, spoon or plate, the more you will try to fit on it. Keep them small and your portions – and waistline – will follow.

Read more at DailyMail UK

What’s wrong with global warming?

So what they’re doing is the equivalent of trying to extrapolate the plot of Casablanca from one tiny bit of the love scene.

from Brothers Judd Blog where an entire conversation with a fascinating Australian geologist is waiting to show you more problems with global warming.

My life is too easy.

I am bored.

I have read all the Facebook notations my friends have made. (They need to get out there and make more.)

I’ve read three books in the last three days, big thick ones. Plus I reread The Tempest by Shakespeare.

What I haven’t done is write this week’s book chapter. I will though. I will. I know I only have two days left. (My weeks now start on Mondays. I’m on a Euro calendar emotionally.)

But I don’t have anything to do. Well, I don’t have anything I want to do.

Ron’s gone. The boys and I are home alone.

And I should work. But I don’t want to.

Later, though. Later I will have to.

I guess the question is–How soon is later?

Well, that’s not sectarian for sure.

I saw a CFP for a journal I hadn’t heard of before. It sounded fascinating and I sent the CFP on to several friends without checking out the journal.

We are interested in both creative, and critical approaches to the discussion of faith and literature. The journal is not denominational, and does not take a sectarian approach to religious questions.

Doesn’t that sound fascinating and right up my alley?

Unfortunately, when I went to the CFP on the site, it came out just a little differently.

Submissions that are ultimately chosen will engage the theme in a unique and unexpected way. Please, no anti-evolution or creationist diatribes – we are interested in radical, interesting, and unusual explorations of the philosophical concept of creation – not fundamentalist bullshit.

Because, wow, we don’t care about sects as long as you aren’t a fundamentalist.

They easily could have said this without being offensive.

“We are not looking for diatribes or rants.”

Then they could have just thrown out any “fundamentalist bullshit.”

Dang. Makes me want to send them some just to be annoying.

A Feminist on Feminists Hating Palin

reading through the blogs… I’m reminded of how so many feminists seem possessed of a wholly irrational hatred for this woman.



Of course, the first answer you’ll get if you ask feminists why they hate Sarah Palin is that “it’s because she ____” — and then fill in the blank with the lie of choice: made rape victims pay for their own kits, is against contraception or sex ed, believes in abstinence-only, thinks the dinosaurs were here 4000 years ago, doesn’t believe in global warming, doesn’t believe in evolution, is stupid and can’t read, etc., etc., etc., etc.

But none of those things is true. None of them.

from Reclusive Leftist via The Common Room


Instead of “the s*** hit the fan” I just read it styled as “Major Meteorlogical Event.”


All we have is work?

R and I really like each other. We’ve spent twenty happy years together (with odd days off for grumpiness). But I am starting to wonder if we are going to spend the rest of our lives talking about our work to each other… Where neither of us cares a lot, but is interested in the other person, so we listen.

I hope not. I need to make some friends so that’s not the whole realm of possibility.