I’m going home to Chattanooga for the holidays and I have to take a tie.
Why is that unusual? Well, for 20 years or so I never took a tie to Chattanooga – I counted on my father’s collection, and often took the ties back home with me. But now I have all of Daddy’s ties – the John Tinkler Neckwear Collection (there are actually some cravats in there, too!).
So, I have to pack a couple of ties to visit Mama.
File it under Life Stages.
One of the first efforts in my course on Islamic art and architecture is to convince the students that figurative art is not prohibited in Islam. I make them chant “at some times, in some regions, and in some contexts figurative art was prohibited.” Maybe it sinks in.
One of the most luscious examples of early wall painting has recently been restored – the walls and ceilings of a fortress-palace from the early 8th century, Qusayr’Amra. Go look!
I dislike grading exams more, but that doesn’t mean I enjoy MAKING them. Making a fair and balanced exam at the end of a semester with a PILE of reading and viewing is hard!
Someday perhaps I will remember to add 15 minutes to recipe prep time when I read 1/2 cup brown sugar. It always takes me at least that long to render my brown sugar pliable with various moist towel in the microwave tricks.
I rode over to campus one of the nice days this weekend and stayed past sunset. I meant to ride it home Monday, but didn’t have any gloves and feared my fingernails would freeze off. So here it is until the thaw.
Luckily, I don’t have to wait until March; it will come next week.
Is this a surprise to anyone? Doctorates up, career prospects not. Yeah, to the kind of people who send students to grad school.
Columbia University is going to allow law students to petition to postpone their exams if they are “sufficiently impaired” by their feelings about the recent grand jury decisions in racially charged cases. But it’s not.
I would think that students sufficiently involved in activism who are also attending law school out to be charged up with a passion to change things.
I’ve been watching Hinterland on Netflix. Gosh – Wales is bleak!
Folks taking pictures of the rainbows.
What an odd November day.
The last 2 readings in European Studies 101 make one of my favorite pairings – The Prince and The Tempest. They lead up to a great question for the final exam – would Machiavelli approve of Prospero? I sometimes get really great answers to that.
It’s a little hard to leave my nice warm apartment in the morning – but it’s all about layering.
And there’s a little dusty snow in the gutters, here. South of the Thruway for the Win!!!
via Fingerlakes Weather
Everything speeds up as we get closer to the end!
The first wintry mix of rain and snow for the season is falling – but luckily I’m headed south for the weekend! Washington, DC, with the FSem then Houston for my 30th Rice Reunion. Busy, busy!