Fortnightly Update


OK, OK, I haven't done well in keeping up with this thing lately. Mea culpa. But there's been a lot going on, some of which has happened fast enough (or frequently enough) to keep my attention on things other than the interwebs. Among the bits of information in which you might be interested:

1) My application for a sabbatical was approved. I will not be in the classroom during the spring trimester for 2011, allowing me the opportunity to do some writing, some relaxing, some traveling, and (if I'm lucky) a Special Project about which I can't tell you until the details are worked out. But if I get to do it, it'll be COOOOOoooool.

2) Thing Two has decided not to return to Woodberry for his senior year. While we're disappointed that he won't be spending another year honing his dramatic skills in the Walker Fine Arts Center, it's not a decision he arrived at lightly. Speaking as a parent, I want him to be happy and go into his college search on a positive note; speaking as the director of the fall play at WFS, I'm not happy to be losing the best actor* in the class of 2011, but I'll cope.

*This is not just parental pride talking; he was awarded the Underformer Drama Award for his contributions to the drama department this year, which included playing three roles in mainstage plays (Yossarian in Catch-22, Carmen Ghia in The Producers, and Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird, which shows something of his range), playing two roles in our black box productions (Detective Tupolski in The Pillowman and Milton the Chimp in Words, Words, Words), and directing two OTHER black box productions (Nocturne and Sure Thing). I won't be the only person in the theater missing him next year.

3) It's been a busy week for awards. I had one of my student advisees win the Director's Award for his contributions to the drama department (playing the lead in The Producers, three roles in Catch-22, and Ariel in The Pillowman, directing Words, Words, Words, and designing, hanging, and/or running the lights for just about every show this year), while the other won the Johnny Mercer Medal as the outstanding musician in the senior class. We feel pretty darned artsy at our house this week.

4) Kelly has knocked off two more library school classes.  That leaves her 7/12ths of the way toward her master's degree in Information and Library Science, and that much closer to being able to call herself a Librarian.

5) The indigo bunting I was awaiting finally showed up. He appeared at the feeder a couple of days ago. Today he was sharing it with a male cardinal--always a great color combination.

6) Ian is back from his freshman year at VCU. He loves it, and loves living in Richmond, though next year he'll be living in an apartment, not on dorm. He's declared himself a history major (with a minor in anthropology). He's going back to work on the Woodberry grounds crew starting on Monday, a job which starts early in the morning, but which gets him out in the fresh air, pays pretty well, and lets him work with some really great people. It'll be his third straight summer on Grounds, and it's one of the best educational experiences he's ever had.

7) My honors students liked doing their Literature Circles again. Over the last two weeks I had my junior honors English class do a second Lit Circle assignment, duplicating an activity they did back in December with non-fiction books, only this time with novels. Each boy picked a category of book (science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction, etc.) and was assigned to a group of three or four guys who'd picked that category. Then I gave each group a list of ten books from which they picked a title. The books chosen were Larry Niven's Ringworld, Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, and Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club. I think it went pretty well, and we had several good final presentations on the books.

8) I've been a used CD-buying machine.
Recent purchases include: Richard & Linda Thompson's Shoot Out the Lights, the White Stripes' White Blood Cells, Elvis Costello's This Year's Model, the Roches' No Trespassing EP, Paul Simon's There Goes Rhymin' Simon, and Tom Lehrer's That Was the Year That Was. I've also been enjoying a compilation of songs by Cloud Cult that Thing Two pressed on us.

9) I'm looking at a busy time in early June. I give exams on the 1st and 3rd. The year-end faculty party is the night of the 4th. My grades and comments are due on the 6th. We'll have our year-end faculty meeting on the 7th. And my two-day recertification class for my Wilderness First Responder card will be the 9th and 10th. But there's bound to be a summer vacation in there somewhere.

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