Monday, December 03, 2018

Now Cage-Free

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I reached out to the iconic Marilyn Frye some time ago asking her to speak at the college, and she declined. She must have sensed my immense (fandom and) disappointment, however, because she asked if I wanted to have coffee. Did I? YES. (I interpreted that as tea, but if I had to drink coffee in order to meet her, I would have.)

I got to gush about her work, and tell her I've lost count of the number of times I meet old students who have forgotten the details of every other reading, but remember  "the birdcage." She was so warm and lovely and generously claimed to love the stuff I'm working on right now. We talked for a couple of hours at Chapelure, and then I floated home on a wave of happiness.


Sunday, December 02, 2018

Happy Holiday Party Season

Here I am at SSH's giant, girlfriend party. I had my "Never Stop Exploring" white elephant gift stolen the maximum number of times, received some rude coloring books, got better at "Quarters," mistook a pitcher of wine spritzers for water... had a great time.

Had to wake up today and drive to Alma to take At and his roomie S to brunch at in Shepherd for At's Boss Day, but still worth it and I split the driving with Big A, anyway.


Saturday, December 01, 2018

The Doorbell Rang...

Nu looked out the transom and gasped, "It's Nana!"

I didn't really believe her, wasn't he at college gearing up for the last week of classes?

But no. Lo, it was At in town on a date.

Then there were some sibling shenanigans:


Thursday, November 29, 2018


At the first First Year Seminar meeting back in the last week August, I may have wished that our classroom had windows.

At every twice-weekly meeting since, my students have drawn me a window on the blackboard by the time I get to class.

I love them.


Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Old and New

Our old house is for sale, barely a year-and-a-half after we sold it. I wonder what happened. I peeked the pictures and it looks mostly the same with some questionable colors on the walls. If I had a few hundred extra K lying around, I would want to buy it up and engineer a huge fight with Big A. I miss the river nearly everyday...

My planner has so many empty pages that I went ahead and ordered a new one; Nu helped me pick one out. Might as well start 2019 with things already in place.

It's been a couple of days, but miss this face across from me at the table, the desk, the library... brainstorming and editing his essay with me. That never gets old, apparently.