Monday, September 28, 2009

busy busy

It's a busy time, because I've been invited to Peru and am trying to pull together a a workshop on teaching reading. On the web, it has put many of my reading resources in one spot; live, I'm in much shakier ground. Much as I love the idea of going to Peru, it's going to be hard, and it will keep me busy and out of my usual haunts for a couple of weeks.

Then, after that, it's off to New Jersey for the NJ ESL Conference in Montclair, where I'll give my TESOL presentation, basically as is, to a state ESL conference, and see my sister, a world-famous musician.

My observation, irrelevant as it may be, is that Peru and New Jersey are roughly the same shape. I'm not sure what that has to do with anything, though.

More later...sorry for the dearth of posts.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

who vandalized the wild grasses?

Actually, my guess is that the university itself did it. Here they were, growing all during the construction of the new library; distracting us with their wild and flagrant beauty. But the construction is over, and the powers that be are concentrating on controlled, rigid landscaping. The parking lots (now paved) are filling up. Maybe somebody complained about a snake.

One battle lost in the war to re-establish some balance between wild nature, and rigid landscaping. I myself side with the snakes- they after all keep the mice and rats at bay.

Friday, September 11, 2009

amazing stories

They look amazing to me, anyway. Scroll down.