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July 9, 2007
The Girl's birthday is coming up, and we're at a loss for ideas for presents, so the whole group piled into the car and headed to a nearby toy store, seeking inspiration.If you've ever taken young children to a toy store, you know that it's a participatory, hands-on experience.At one point we were in the back of the store, in the bicycle/tricycle area, checking out the wares. The Boy found the big motorized jeeps and trucks – the kind the kid actually sits in and drives – and immediately started climbing into the driver's seat of each in sequence.
July 6, 2007
There is a heaven after all
July 6, 2007
I'm not usually one for memes, but having been tagged by both Dr. Pion and Lesboprof, here goes.
July 4, 2007
This is part three in what has become a series. Last year, the University of Florida attempted to come to grips with the reality of budget crunches and misaligned resources by announcing a five-year plan to trim certain departments and expand others. The idea was to use resources strategically – rather than inertially – to get more bang for the buck.
July 3, 2007
A returning correspondent writes:-------
July 2, 2007
And...we're back. A few vignettes from the last week:
June 30, 2007
A vain man struggles with the threat to his self-importance that student evaluations represent.
June 30, 2007
We’ll be traveling for a few days, and I expect my posts to be intermittent next week, so here’s a long tale about how we’re educated into responsibility.
June 27, 2007
The Greek government has once again given up efforts to prod that country'sdead university system to life - violent street protests last summerfrightened off political reformers -- but France's aggressive new leader,Nicholas Sarkozy, is giving it the old college try.



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