Friday, October 29, 2010

Don't you wanna see what you're missing?

I was working slowly on this nice post about poetry, but in the meantime, here are some links and things.

1. NASA's evidence for global climate change.

2. Paul Krugman on the upcoming elections. He quotes the Senate minority leader: "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president." To which I say, Really? Because if that's true, I also say, Screw you all, Republicans. Thanks for not trying to make our country better.

3. Speaking of elections, the Philly CityPaper on Pat Toomey. Here's a snippet: "Toomey opposed a bill that would ban housing insurance companies from 'redlining,' or denying policies in certain (usually minority) neighborhoods." (Americans for Democratic Action 1999 Scorecard.) Redlining is what happened in my Camden neighborhood. It prevents good revitalization in city neighborhoods.

4. Next weekend is the International Writing Centers Association's conference in Baltimore. I can't go, but one of Moore's faculty is. We're both hoping to go to the MAWCA conference in the spring.

5. My undergrad institution, Eastern University, has a rep for being the "liberal" college among the Christian colleges. However, while I was there, a good chunk of the students were pretty conservative. Anyway, I was glad to see this and this in the student newspaper (which I was on during my four years there).

6. Some good music to go along with your day:

"Avila," The Wailin' Jennys

"The Seahorse," Over the Rhine

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Cuteness, it abounds

My cousin's kids might just be the cutest things in the entire world.

(Of course, they have that "when they're good, they're really really good, but when they're bad, they're horrid" thing going on, but the latter doesn't happen too often.)

As a surrogate aunt (first cousin once removed), I get to ooh and ahh over them.

Friday, October 15, 2010

this is the story of how we begin to remember

I really should be doing actual work instead of posting my second entry in two days. (Whoa...)

I'm not a music connoisseur by any means. Nor am I a music snob. If I like something, I listen to it. I listen to a lot of folk, and I've really come to appreciate my parents' music (I grew up on Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, and James Taylor).

In any case, I have this playlist on my iTunes called the "Stranded on a Desert Island" mix. It's basically a set of songs I'd want to listen to if I had to listen to them for the rest of my life. And I thought, since I'm waiting for my next student to come in, that I'd share it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Boston in the fall

Well, hey, blog. I've ignored you for a while.

I promise to write something more substantial later this week, but for now, here's some pictures and stuff.