Category Archives: General

the rush to war

The unsurprising but no less tawdry evidence of the a lack of good faith in democracy by Bush and Blair, reported in the New York Times March 27, is given historical context by “The Founders Never Imagined a Bush Administration.” … Continue reading

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digging the lit links

Followed a link from ReadySteadyBook to an essay on Nancy Armstrong’s How Novels Think by Miriam Burstein. Ms. Burstein’s study of the history of the novel, specifically in relation to identity, consciousness, and literacy, resonates in a thousand directions and … Continue reading

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Happy New Year

Not that I’m feeling glum, but 2005 was a very exhausting year, so I’m hoping I can increase the intelligence of my game plan and do better in the coming twelve months. I’ve been enjoying, with the exception of a … Continue reading

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The costs of rebuilding

I’ve been waiting to read what Ron Silliman would have to say about Katrina for a week. And, sure enough, sharp as usual, and calling on the citizenry as a whole to look at the long-term consequences of an underfunded … Continue reading

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Practice Hope

Alwin’s latest post is a call to work and a source of hope. He’s relaying field reports and reflections from Dr. Ken Maddox. Dr. Maddox’s closing paragraph includes this beautiful blast: Please join me and others throughout this country in … Continue reading

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Do I hear an echo?

Paul Krugman on September 2 At a fundamental level, I’d argue, our current leaders just aren’t serious about some of the essential functions of government. They like waging war, but they don’t like providing security, rescuing those in need or … Continue reading

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What was known

Steve Ersinghaus has posted a link to a 2001 Scientific American on what was known.

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Fallujah Floods the Superdome

Frank Rich turns up the heat in Fallujah Floods the Superdome.

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Typhoon Nabi

Here in Kyushu we’ll have an exciting couple of days with the arrival of Typhoon Nabi. The bigger picture is available from the Japan Meteorlogical Agency site. The satellite image of the northwest quadrant of the Pacific is pretty scary, … Continue reading

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Katrina’s Aftermath

Mark Bernstein’s “What Ended” is one of the best responses to the horrors of Katrina’s aftermath I’ve read so far, and a great example of writing with power. What ended this week is the illusion that words can substitute for … Continue reading

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Veterans for Peace

Pierre Joris has posted an email from Dahr Jamail’s Dispatches list. There are moving reflections by Iraq war veterans on the situations they found themselves in, and on the reasons they are now so passionately opposed to Bush’s policies.

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Elin’s stories

Late last year, at the same time my former Moveable Type blog went down in a hail of comment spam, Elin’s blog went down, too; or at least was somewhat unreliable, with posts failing to show up on the home … Continue reading

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Tinderbox: love and support

Mark posted a link to a testimonial from William Cole the other day on Tinderbox support. Doug now has a link on his blog, so I just have to jump in with my own story. The preface is that I … Continue reading

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Robert Creeley, 1926-2005

I didn’t read of Creeley’s death until the early morning hours of 1 April in my hotel room in Cardiff, where I am to attend the IATEFL festivities starting tomorrrow evening. I first read Creeley as a high school student, … Continue reading

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a little less conversation

A little less conversation, the latest post from Rob Weissman on the corp-focus list, is a call to action for difficult times. The issues are on a bigger scale than the problems we face in educational settings, where we have … Continue reading

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Upgrade heaven

Somehow in all the busy-ness over the last three weeks I missed the release of WordPress 1.5. I’ve just upgraded, using the Podz Upgrade Guide in addition to the suggestions on the WordPress site. I like the default theme so … Continue reading

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Hello world!

Welcome to my newly updated WordPress blog. My former “MovableType” blog went down in a swirl of comment spam a week or so ago, and I’ve finally gotten around to re-installing WordPress. I’ve got all my old posts in Tinderbox, … Continue reading

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With Uchijima-sensei

Spent a couple of delightful, quiet hours this afternoon with Nakayama-sensei and Uchijima-sensei, the former president of MMU, talking about education, writing, and the future of the planet. Uchijima-sensei, who studies climate change, has just another day or two of … Continue reading

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Anthony Braxton “23 Standards”

I’ve been an Anthony Braxton fan for a long time, and for many years one of my favorite CDs has been the two-disc Leo Records set, Knitting Factory (piano/quartet) Vols 1 & 2 I found in London in 1996. Braxton’s … Continue reading

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Vipassana Meditation Code

Gabe is practitioner of Vipassana meditation, and is presently on a ten-day meditation retreat. Check out the code of conduct for the ten-day course.

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