Words and the Ethical Dimension of Power

Hello from my study, Another day, more time in front of the computer. More time on the phone. More time on text messaging, and more time trying to manage the needs on both sides of this remote equation. It is sometimes comical and simultaneously touching. It is sometimes tiring and overwhelming; and sometimes it isContinue reading “Words and the Ethical Dimension of Power”

A Wonderful Job and Some Amazing Students

Hello from my little office on the acre. Many times it seems we have a tendency to only verbalize the negativity we see and feel. I am not sure if it some makes us feel better or if we believe people will somehow feel sorry for us, but I think we are profoundly mistaken onContinue reading “A Wonderful Job and Some Amazing Students”

So Many Thoughts . . .

Hello on a late Sunday evening, It has been an incredibly busy semester (and it feels like an entire semester had been crammed into 4 weeks and yet, the time has flown by). That is not what is causing this sense of being caught up in the middle of a tornado of sorts, it isContinue reading “So Many Thoughts . . .”

So Much in Seven Days

Hello from Kraków and from Oświęcim, Our traveling group has spent a busy week listening intently in classes, learning their bearings around Kraków, and attempting some simple greetings in Polish. At the same time, trips to Wawel Castle, the salt mine in Wieliczka, the Jewish Quarter in Kazimierz, or today to Oświęcim (known to mostContinue reading “So Much in Seven Days”

A Week of Learning for the Professor

Good Saturday afternoon, For those who are wondering about this graphic or picture, I think by the end of the post you will understand it more, but I offer this graphic shout out to all who walked, picketed, shouted, or offered support to the cause of higher education this past week. Since my last post,Continue reading “A Week of Learning for the Professor”

Honoring my Father

Hello after a day in Harrisburg, While the state capitol of Pennsylvania is certainly different than most capitol cities I have wandered around, I enjoy it as the political junkie I am and because of the faculty union of which I am proud to be a member. It has been a sort of change forContinue reading “Honoring my Father”

Wondering how . . . 

Hello on a Sunday evening where I am working to organize my jumbled thoughts (life, existence, viewpoints or), I can only try to begin comprehending he array of thoughts, concerns, and yes, perhaps, degree of fear that might overwhelm me unless I take some time to think about it and compose some of those thoughtsContinue reading “Wondering how . . . “

My Response to Faculty Vilification

Good morning from my office, I got home at 1:15 this morning and it is before 8:00 and I have been up since 5:30. I was at the diner this morning working the morning crowd to support the faculty of the university who are being confronted with perhaps the most egregious set of proposals inContinue reading “My Response to Faculty Vilification”

Realizing a Mistake and Blaming Myself

Hello from the acre, It has been a busy day and a disconcerting one. Progress has been made in so many ways, but progress in the world of imperfection is always fleeting and tenuous. It seems that might be the situation, but one time or misstep does not negate the advances accomplished . . .Continue reading “Realizing a Mistake and Blaming Myself”

A List of Oxymorons:

Hello from the side yard patio and fire pit of the Martin homestead, There are a variety of reasons for me to use the introduction I have, as well as the title. In spite of the fact that I did take a week to go to the Dominican Republic, and even in spite of theContinue reading “A List of Oxymorons:”