Rushing to write a little here after three long weeks off the blog.
March 7th, 2014
Rushing to write a little here after three long weeks off the blog. I have been traveling again, although this time back to the sunny-friendly island of St Martin in the Caribbean. It’s an annual pilgrimage of the mind and body, and highly recommended for all Canadians who are dreaming of better climes. There is nothing sweeter than getting off an Air Canada jet in the middle of the sultry tropics—in February. (more…)
I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t said something kind about Art May…
January 31st, 2014
I haven’t met a single person who hasn’t said something kind about Art May, former President of Memorial. Dr. May passed away this week and what is sure to be a large funeral service is scheduled for early next week. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Dr. May enjoyed a career marked by extended involvement in public life, including Deputy Minister (of Fisheries) with the Government of Canada. Almost every appointment he served was related in one way or another to the sea. A marine scientist by training, Dr. May also enjoyed a long history with the Canadian Navy. It is not surprising, then, that one of the achievements of Dr. May’s tenure as Memorial president was bringing the Marine Institute into the Memorial family. It wasn’t exactly a shotgun marriage but as with all such transitions it took some finessing. Dr. May was good that way. He had a quiet strength, absolutely steely when he wanted something done, but his style was understated—quietly persistent. Ultimately, he succeeded, of course, as with almost anything he put his mind to. (more…)
You can never have enough tulips around…
January 24th, 2014
You can never have enough tulips around. I know that it’s January and there’s something unnatural about tulips at this time of year. As with asparagus and mangoes, tulips are definitely not in their right season. I am still happy to have them brightening my office. Someone grew them somewhere and so here they are.
Several related themes are floating around these days in the Post-Secondary Education universe…
January 17th, 2014
Several related themes are floating around these days in the Post-Secondary Education universe: immigration, internationalization, advanced-skills employment training. These themes are all being driven by the fact of a relatively low Canadian population growth, a vexed immigration system, and the growing sense that we aren’t innovative, creative, or competitive enough globally.
That shot was taken in Port Rexton, Newfoundland, on New Year’s Day…
January 10th, 2014
That shot was taken in Port Rexton, Newfoundland, on New Year’s Day—just last week. You can feel the polar vortex, can’t you? The sun is struggling to break through the icy air, and that deceptively serene sea in the distance would kill you within seconds. You can also spot a line of used fireworks in the snow. It doesn’t get much better than New Year’s by the sea, however cold, and especially up in Trinity, one of the most stunning landscapes in this hugely beautiful province. But, man, it was, and continues to be, cold. There’s some measure of comfort in knowing we’re all in this together, not just Newfoundland, but maybe fireworks on a warm beach would be even better next year.
It’s all winding down, which is just fine with me.
December 20th, 2013
It’s all winding down, which is just fine with me. For a change, I am not getting on a plane or looking for luggage. This year was definitely my most traveled one, with visits to Europe, Asia, and the USA, and many to mainland Canada. Everyone asks me if I am traveling ‘for work.’ What else would I be doing in the middle of a semester?
That’s where I was last week…
December 13th, 2013
That’s where I was last week – southern California. A woman was swimming in the Pacific, as you can see in the photo. Seals and cormorants were sunning themselves on the rocks at La Jolla beach. It was grand. It’s 9 below here in St. John ’s at this moment, and well below average temps. We are all in a deep freeze and California is just a sunny memory, albeit a delicious one. (more…)