Happy Easter

My apologies this is coming so late in the day, but it’s been hectic to say the least. I hope you have all had a pleasant holiday spent with family and friends. Best wishes to you and yours.

Happy Easter.

CVA

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By Some Miracle…

Our rugby team is officially 2-0. For the second week in a row, we were trailing late and got the go-ahead try with less than 5:00 to play. I’m going to enjoy it for tonight, but then there’s a lot of work to be done. About the only thing we’ve done right so far is find ways to win. I’m not going to look it in the mouth, though. A year ago we couldn’t even do that much.

All right…a victory beer then so much needed rest. No better way to start a weekend.

As always, thanks for reading.

CVA

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As Only A Teacher Can Say It…

SPRINGBREAKWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Finally!

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Keep Your Hands Where I Can See Them

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Only after collecting my sophomores’ proposals for their persuasive research papers today – in other words, only after it was too late – did I remember this post. I swore a year ago that I would adopt (read: plagiarize) John’s rules. And then I forgot all about it.

Fortunately, I’ve never had to deal with papers about porn addiction or the lingerie industry (the sophomore who asked if she could read FIFTY SHADES OF GRAY for a literary analysis research paper notwithstanding). But I have had to deal with far too many essays about abortion, gay marriage, legalization of marijuana, the death penalty, etc written by sheltered teenagers with tunnel vision.

That said, if just one of my students can give me cause to reflect in the manner Wegner does here, it might all be worthwhile.

Originally posted on Consistently Contradictory:

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The Great Porn Experiment–TEDTalk (Click to view the 15 minute video)

In my English 1302 course, my students have to write a research paper and I allow them to choose any topic that interests them. Except abortion, Elvis sightings, the death penalty, and UFOs: “No one, especially a first year college student,” I tell them, “can separate belief from opinion, fact from fiction, or faith from rationality with regard to any of those topics.” More important, these are such highly charged and emotional issues that students too often assume the grade is relative to whether I agree or disagree with them. Any potential learning goes out the window when they assume they failed because I am either 1) a liberal pinko communist sympathizer or 2) a conservative right wing nut job.

In other words, my life is much easier if we just avoid certain topics. Plus, half the students in…

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Why Not?

Not too long ago, I wrote about how my wife suggested I start doing my writing in the evening so that I could “loosen up” with a drink or two before I begin. Well, The Wife is out of town, The Girls are in bed asleep, and here I am in the office with several pages of notes, a few ideas swirling in my head, and one half-finished glass of whisky on the desk.

Let’s see what happens next!

CVA

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Finally!

After starting March with nearly two weeks’ worth of practices cancelled for snow and starting April by postponing a match because our pitch was underwater, we finally kicked off the 2014 rugby season tonight. And after a 2013 that began with a winless spring and ended with an underachieving football season, starting the year with a big win is almost indescribable.

Now, my feet hurt, my voice is shot, and my head’s pounding. Time for a well-earned beer.

Hope everyone else’s weekend is off to a great start.

As always, thanks for reading.

CVA

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Whadda Ya Waitin’ Fer!?!

Ok…The Girls are in bed…The Wife’s at yoga…I have an hour to myself. Time to *finally* start the new book. I don’t know why I’ve been dragging my feet for this long – wait, I do…but I’ll have to save that for another day or else I’m never going to get started.

Wish me luck. I’ll let you know how it goes.

See you on the other side, Ray.

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