A short blog—more like a blurb this week…
January 25th, 2013

A short blog—more like a blurb this week. I am about to board for a meeting in Toronto—perishing, Arctic-icy Toronto. Sure, it’s cold here, but it’s practically balmy by comparison. I hate it when Canadians comment on how cold they think it gets here. They don’t know squat about it. We all yak about the weather, complain and get philosophical about it, but it doesn’t mean we know what we are talking about. Now, to our international students who are experiencing winter for the first time my full sympathies. The country in general isn’t fit for human beings, but one can’t tell them that. We spend a lot of energy recruiting them. And it’s hard to tell them this is nothing—try living in Toronto, or Winnipeg!

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Last week was quite literally a white-out.
January 18th, 2013

Last week was quite literally a white-out. The blizzard was forecast well ahead of time and so there were no surprises, only the extent to which most of us would be without power for a day or so. It’s true, but nothing points out our dependency on electricity like an outage. At first it’s a bit of an adventure, but as the house starts to cool off and the light diminishes and one can’t work or type or tweet or text, it all becomes one giant aggravation. Nothing to do but shudder in the dark and wait for that satisfying and audible surge of electrical energy when the power returns. Civilization—where would we be without it? (more…)

I welcome the new year with excitement over all the plans we have in the School of Graduate Studies…
January 4th, 2013

I welcome the new year with excitement over all the plans we have in the School of Graduate Studies, but also with some trepidation over the latest trend in university planning—or should I say prioritizing? Now there’s a word I’d cheerfully chuck into the dustbin of history.

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