Monthly Archives: August 2011

Hot Off the Virtual Press: Venusians’ Non-Academic Lives

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Marshalling Masterpiece

I organize the story of my life not by dates, but by Masterpiece.  Some of my earliest memories surround the Sunday night ritual of my mother’s disappearance behind closed doors to watch Upstairs Downstairs uninterrupted while my father took over her … Continue reading

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Leading from Behind aka the Good Shepherd

I found the fact Republicans used the expression “leading from behind” as an epithet against President Obama’s strategy for dealing with Libya befuddling.  The highest praise I have ever given a student leader was that he lead from behind.  The … Continue reading

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Faculty on Film

I identified Colin Firth as the leading film actor of his generation long before Americans ‘discovered’ him and bequeathed him an Academy Award. Despite his well-deserved title in the British press as “the thinking woman’s crumpet,” I cherish his acting … Continue reading

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“What do you do?”

I don’t think my mother has ever forgiven me for a remark I made aged four.  As she tells it, I announced loudly in a department store, “I know what you can do Mommy, you can be a cleaning lady!” … Continue reading

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Hot Off the Virtual Press: Stuck in the Middle

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Kitchen Blues

I love my kitchen.  Apparently, I shouldn’t.  In an age obsessed with stainless steel on which to showcase finger-prints and granite in which to grow germs, I like my scour-able white appliances and solid-surface counter-tops.  I like that I can stir a pot … Continue reading

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