A sea of high-school graduates

What, exactly, is “Pomp,” anyway?

…and why, specifically, are we looking at circumstance here? I took part in the 2018 Spring Graduation festivities for the English Department and the university as a whole the other day, and after driving for six hours yesterday, I get to watch my eldest nephew graduate from high school today. It’s enough to make one […]

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Crayon means it's credible

Walking the Walk, Mumbling the Talk

There’s no doubt that the world of higher education is radically different from the way it was even ten years ago. Today, my biggest reminder of that reality is the fact that there are a ton of people who “graduate” in the spring ceremony…actually haven’t graduated yet, and this year, I get to be one […]

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A pond with fountain in the background and ducks in the foreground, near the shore

“…and what have you done?”

So…Happy Christmas. There are really two ways to handle holidays–any holidays–of larger social significance. I’m not talking about National Pancake Day, although that holiday is awesome and should totally get more play. I’m talking the kinds of holidays that get folks the day off: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, etc. St. Patrick’s day is a […]

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The Gratitude Wall, with dozens of sticky notes listing what people are grateful for

Academic Gratitude

It would be bad form for me to start a post about gratitude without first thanking Flickr user Purdman1, who made the featured image for this post available for use under creative commons. The image was taken at TEDxBuffalo, and I think that this is a great idea. Once things simmer down here a bit […]

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