Category Archives: Unfocused

The End of Another Year, Term

There were many goodbyes this week.  I took all of them as best I could.  There was some comic-like crying involved.  I had wanted to tell two or three of my students about my blog but didn’t.  I think I will have an opportunity to do so at some point in the near future.

This break also gives me another opportunity — to get back into blogging more.  I used to worry about appearances so much — not any more.  I think I will look into getting a better camera and post more pictures and videos.

Times have changed, but I am reluctant to be more active on facebook or twitter.  I like having this little space that only a few know about.

This is going to be a great winter break.

Competing Priorities

Yes, the election is very important to me,even living here in Texas.  Yesterday the academic students had a”Walk the Vote” event at school.  Let me say that the student body president this year is making himself known.  I don’t know him personally, but he is the first in my 10+ years that I recognize in the halls.

My other focus is a discussion panel that one of my classes will give Monday next.  It will be to all comers on campus.  Earlier this week I was freaking out, but today’s rehearsal was very good.  We have a few more functional hoops to jump through, but overall, we are ready.

My work life is rich (see above, and I haven’t touched on my other classes, which are also good), my home life with the garden, yard and most of all the pets are also quite fulfilling.  I don’t really miss my family.  It’s been really nice these past few months just donating to Heifer International instead of dealing with the competing for attention at my niece’s birthdays.  It’s also been nice not having to listen to the racism that was always a feature of family gatherings.  I’m a happier person by avoiding all of that negativity.

The election is important. I have made it a point to direct nervous nellies to the appropriate sanity sites.  I have also made sure that I don’t have to listen to the one Rmoney guy at work.  He burned several of us a week ago with our boss and has been apologizing since.

But now, work, four-footed ones, and the garden are making me very happy.

I don’t really need those people who claim to be family.

A New Start

I have mostly kept this blog hidden from all but my closest friends.  Some people have found me through links, but mostly it’s just a little blog for me and a few other people.

I’m hard to find for most of my students and that is how I have wanted it to be.

I’ve changed my mind.

I will blog more often and tell more of my students about it.

Things have changed with Facebook et al.

I don’t care for that platform, nor do I care for that twitter thing.

It’s the fall and there are new things beginning — as well as things ending.

I will get better about posting — starting now.

There is No Way Islam Can Take on Rap

Just an observation.  Rap is a protest song that transcends all religions or creeds.

Freedom is the key, and Rap is the voice.

In Mali, the Islam bullies may be winning now, but there is a voice of rap in the cities.  It is the voice of freedom.

How ironic.

Silly Kitteh!

From the NY Daily News via my new favorite blog Daily Intel at the NY Mag.

This kitteh survived.

Paul Fussell

It’s hard to say just how much his writings shaped my thinking and life.

I will always remember taking the train out of Riga going to teach class and reading Fussell.

He was under appreciated.  PBS Newshour didn’t do a segment about him tonight.  That’s on them, not him.

Carlos Fuentes

This will happen more and more as time goes by, but it will never be easy.

Carlos Fuentes died today.  I had the good fortune to meet him briefly in a book signing line many years ago.

He was a great writer and I thank him for my introduction to Mexican literature. His Buried Mirror is a touchstone for the history of our continent.

RIP, Carlos Fuentes.