Monthly Archives: January 2010

Don Carnaval

It is the weekend, so we must sing! I sing that the Mardi Gras riders are on their way.

The Mardi Gras riders are on their way here. They come from everywhere, but mostly from Grand Mamou. Will you receive this gang of Mardi Gras riders? Will you receive this gang of great drinkers?

The Mardi Gras riders are on their way. They come from everywhere, but especially from Grand Mamou. On Ash Wednesday will be great sacrificers and penitents.

Axé.

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Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn died last night at 7:12 PM, EST.

Unable to face the State of the Union address, I was grading quizzes. One defined Romanticism as “a literary movement which arose in Germany in the late eighteenth century and then spread elsewhere and which, in contradistinction to Classicism, values imperfection and seeks darkness.”

Axé.

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A Message I Actually Sent

“EVEN THOUGH the Superbowl is in the EVENING February 7 and in MIAMI, papers are still due IN PERSON, February 9 at 4! I can drive here from Miami in that time, and so can you!”

Axé.

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New Orleans Saints

Oh when the Saints
go marching in
Oh when the Saints
go marching in
Yes, we’re going to be in the playoffs
when those Saints go marching in.

“Oh, what a beautiful audience is out there swinging with us!”

Axé.

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Academic Mondays: On Overwork

Why, a reader asks, are students and faculty alike expected to work so much? Ze says:

What strikes me as really weird is how incredibly much work everyone is expected to do. Students, faculty, everyone. We’re all so busy that we collapse into puddles of stress at the end of the semester and every single person I’ve talked to seems to be cutting corners and doing their work kind of half-assed. I don’t understand why we, academics, in general, don’t just do less work and do it better, pay more attention to it, spend more time on it. I think that would be a better choice. If nothing else, we would know that when we gave so much of ourselves to write something, it wasn’t just going to get half-assedly skimmed by whoever winds up reading it (if anyone does). The way things are set up it all seems so pointless and futile because we never spend enough time on things, because there is “too much” that we “have” to do. Why is that, anyway?

One answer I can think of is, we are trying to prove that what we do is actually work. What do you think?

Axé.

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Chris Thomas

It is the weekend, so we must sing! Here are Chris Thomas and his late father Tabby at a place we used to go in Baton Rouge.

I am on my way to Angola. It is a good day for the drive because it is sunny. The area, up near the Natchez Trace, is very beautiful.

I wish Tabby’s were still open, so I could drop in on the way home.

Axé.

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Coral Dress

It is Friday, so we are wearing white. I am wearing a long white shirt over a coral tank dress from Brazil, and Dr. Scholl’s Original Exercise Sandals ;-). It is January 22 and mild, and we are bathed in Oxalá’s bright light.

Axé.

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