helpless

I feel so helpless, knowing Terri is in pain alone in a hospital room, far away. I know I am not really helpless, I’ve prayed for her, with her. I talked to her for awhile and I could tell just that calmed her, distracted her at least. But I want to be there to hold […]

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teaching Hamlet

A while back I ordered some books from the Dallas Institute, among them The Tragic Abyss. Now that I am teaching Hamlet once again, I thought to see if there was an essay on it in the book. There was. A very good one. I have known intuitively that there was a Christian understanding of […]

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Reading Lolita in Tehran

I was mildly intrigued by this book, but probably would never have bought it. Then Diane gave it to me for Christmas. I wanted to read it, but maybe because it has been so popular was a little afraid it would be a disappointment. One of those books you read a bit of and never […]

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in the office

My new office is cold, my hands are icy, but it has a great view. One wall is all windows, looking out onto a snow-filled courtyard. I am up on the third floor of the library, outside my open door students come and go looking for books or a quiet place to study. There is […]

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snow days

It’s snowing again. Blah! or do I mean “Bah!”? Beautiful, of course, but I’m going crazy. As if the 38 inches we got in this weekend’s blizzard were not enough! I haven’t had class yet this week. Only one meeting with each of my classes so far this semester! How am I supposed to teach? […]

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