Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Downing Street Minutes

Big Brass Alliance is a group of bloggers swarming the blogosphere with information about the Downing Street Minutes. Leaked minutes from a meeting in July 2002 in England contain evidence that Bush “engaged in a conspiracy to deceive and mislead the U.S. Congress and the American people about the basis for going to war in Iraq.” Mainstream media has largely ignored this story, so talk it up with a friend or two today. You may want to read more, or sign Rep. Conyers’ letter asking for an inquiry, or print out flyers for your favorite bulletin board.

***Thursday: Updated list of bloggers at Big Brass Alliance. Click away. The alliance has been featured on CNN and FOX this week.

Monday, May 30, 2005

Boundary Waters? Yay.  Posted by Hello

One of R's highlights is sitting by the lake in the evenings and listening to the loons. Low point... being lost on Lake One. Posted by Hello

We visit the wolves at the International Wolf Center. Q gets a stamp. Posted by Hello

We learn about rods and portages.  Posted by Hello

The back rowers steer us. We run in to a few objects, but we remain calm. Posted by Hello

If the meals are timed properly, he stays fairly cheerful.  Posted by Hello

After canoeing for a few hours on Lake One, we dock on a small island and eat lunch. On our way back, we get lost trying to find our entry point. The map of the lake isn't too helpful, but we do find our way at last.  Posted by Hello

We canoe on day #2 to these pictographs. I saw them first. Estimated age: 500 - 1,000 years old. Click on the foto for a slightly better view. Posted by Hello

We end the trip with breakfast at the Chocolate Moose. Q's unhappy with the smoothie he ordered. He says it tastes like Pediacare. Posted by Hello

Thursday, May 26, 2005

Weekend Activities

We're off on a weekend trip. Heading north.
To take more pictures for the blog.
And to enjoy my family's company in a relaxed natural setting.
Downloaded a counter to my blog today, so please remember to
check back as frequently as possible.

Wednesday, May 25, 2005


I agree with everything in the Slate review, but I still like it. Million Dollar Baby screenwriter Haggis likes to slam us with themes and messages, but this movie's weaving of stories makes up some for the lack of subtlety. Slate reviewer thinks Haggis wants to show that even fair and kind people can be racist (and vice a versa) but the movie illustrates that racist incidents impact identities in future actions and interactions. If you see it, let me know what you think. I beg of you.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Just back from the retirement conference for two phenomenal mentors, Harste and Burke. I am glad retirement conferences are one time only events, because I am exhausted after 3 days of raucous revelry. Posted by Hello
Great sessions all day long. My mind is still mulling and musing. After Mitzi and I talk, these people stay in the room to chat. They're probably saying stuff like, "fascinating" and "incredible." Don't you think so? Posted by Hello

When the talks are over, we unwind with wine and cheese before going over to another party for more wine and cheese. We have worked hard, so this is important. Posted by Hello

"Roasts, toasts, and boasts" at the party. Posted by Hello

Dorothy, never much of a picture taker, decides to copy me and begins to document the party.  Posted by Hello

The pottery of Peggy Albers decorates every table. I am ecstatic to learn that on the bottom of each stunning piece is a name of a person who gets to take the pot home. After searching the list of names over and over and over again, and then a few more times, I finally have to accept that I am not taking a pot home. This is hard news as many of my alleged friends win pots, but, as has been already mentioned, I do not. This takes a way long time to accept and I talk about my feelings throughout the evening. Posted by Hello

I do not go home empty handed after all. Potwinner K finds a super cool shiny ring for me, made of bouncy rubber. Photo credit: R. Beach Posted by Hello

Friday, May 20, 2005

I Heart O.P.'s

My all time favorite piece of technology is the overhead projector.
I love it so. Faithful and true. Our technology glitched, but the talk went well anyway.


Thursday, May 19, 2005

The Farting Shoe Calamity

I'm here in midsized midwestern college town, the day before the academic conference. The good news is I tried on my new shoes today because I wanted to break them in before conference day and they fit comfortably. The bad news is the left shoe makes a distinct farting noise each time I step. I visited my old school today and demonstrated the farting shoe walk for every one in the office so I have a plethora of confirmation on this. Luckily shoe stores exist here, so I should be okay.

Tuesday, May 17, 2005


On Sunday night, tired from our walk, Rosalyn and I summoned up a documentary from HBO on Demand. It was called Rehab and it followed 5 people in their early 20's through a 30 day rehab program and then followed up with them 2 years later. Insurance will pay for 30 days of rehab. These five middle class people really liked heroin. A lot. We were both darned depressed at the end. Only 8% of people who go into rehab stay off drugs after treatment. Don't forget, heroin is bad.

Sunday, May 15, 2005


Rosalyn and I had a great time at the Minneapolis AIDS Walk today. I have some blisters now because we were power walking for 2 hours. We took a few snack breaks at the stop points, but mostly we just cruised along. Very fun and the AIDS Project raised 550,000 dollars today. Yeah. Thanks to all who supported us. I'm toasting you now.

Thanks to our awesome sponsors, we raised 600$ for the Minneapolis AIDS project, so I got this nifty thermos. V. pleased about this. Posted by Hello

My first time on the Light Rail. Well done, Twin Cities! Posted by Hello

We arrive early at Minnehaha Park so we check out the falls.  Posted by Hello

After we listen to the Gay Men's Chorus and do some warm up aerobics with some guys from The Firm, we head off in a massive crowd to start the race.  Posted by Hello

We cross the mighty Mississippi. Halfway point. Every half mile, volunteers thank and praise us heartily.  Posted by Hello

We finish up. Woot. Posted by Hello

Friday, May 13, 2005

Friday Flaws

From Writer’s Almanac:
It was Charles Baxter who said, "A lack of self confidence can be turned to your own purposes if it helps you to take pains, to take care."

I agree with Baxter. I’m prone to self-doubt, but this flaw could be considered an asset. I tend to compensate for it by being extremely careful with data interpretation and I worry about critique because I take seriously the responsibilities of the work I do.

When I express my worries and woes about my work to others, I sometimes get responses about how I just need to be more secure and confident. I wonder why secure and confident ended up being positive traits and reflective caution came to represent wimpiness. Transforming flaws into assets could be a cool trend. I’ve come across articles this week about people who have come to love their ADD, or who credit their migraines for their creativity.
I wonder what Baxter would say about lack of motivation. I’m sure there’s a way to turn this one around somehow.

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Rosalyn told me she needed some new socks last weekend, but I told her she didn't. Later, the horrid condition of this sock made clear to me that she knows what she's talking about. She's thinking of making a sock puppet with it.  Posted by Hello


Beginning to sort through some belongings. Packing for the trip back shouldn't be too hard. We haven't acquired too much. But packing is another dissertation distraction, and that's predictably annoying. Guess if I blogged less, I'd probably get more done. But I'm going to put that thought out of my mind immediately.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Gratitude #9: Power of Song

We've been listening to , singing, and reading about, songs for social change.  Fables of Faubus, Which Side Are You On?, Wavin' ...