Archive for November, 2009

L— H—

Monday, November 30th, 2009

I got a call from L— H— this morning. At least I think it was L— H—. In any event it was a man claiming to be L— H— and I have no reason to believe otherwise. Contrary to some comments posted here a couple months ago, he is alive and living in Ohio. He […]


Saturday, November 28th, 2009

We are still unpacking. Many thanks (again) to my mother-in-law for her painstakingly accurate labels. But three weeks after the move, we are down to just eight boxes. Make that seven boxes. I just unpacked another one.

Giving Thanx

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Today I’m giving thanks to so many people who have given me so much over the past year. To all of my co-workers, for helping me develop professionally to better accomplish our mission. To my fellow FOLC board members, for tirelessly pursuing our shared vision for a new greenway in New Orleans. To our neighbors […]

American Profile

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

My friend Leonardo e-mailed me about this. Our paper carries a Parade magazine like thing during the week called American Perspectives or something like that. At any rate, today’s cover story is on unusual baby names. The illustration is a dozen ‘My name is’ name tags like you’d wear at a conference. And the name, […]

Thanxgiving Premix

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

If you’re in range of WTUL you will of course want to listen to Big Al’s “Ballads to Baste Your Bird By” tonight from 6-8 PM. It’s a New Orleans tradition going on ten years now. You can listen online too. In the same spirit I offer the following mix to get you in the […]

Auto Motive

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Oops, I meant to post this mix to go along with the previous post about the burned-out car. This one’s almost an hour long with tracks by Dizzy Gillespie, Blue Öyster Cult, and of course Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Matt Sweeney. As I always I welcome your comments. Note also that 8tracks has just added […]

Tale of a Burned Out Car

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Here’s something I observed a few weeks ago, but am only finding time to write about now. On Monday, October 26, as I took my daughter to daycare in the morning, I encountered a burned-out car on Cleveland near South Salcedo Street. I used to see burned-out cars on the streets of our neighborhood with […]

Twenty-One Months

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Dear Persephone, A lot has sure happened in the last month. Most notably, perhaps, we moved to a new house. I know moving can be especially tough for kids, but I think you’re still young enough that this didn’t really disturb you at all. You seemed to just accept it. As far as we can […]

Using Flickr for Neighborhood Activism

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

Some of my neighbors have been bickering, er, I mean debating about Comiskey Park here in Mid-City. The basketball goals that used to be there were taken down when an television production company made plans to rebuild the park for a reality show. That didn’t pan out in the long run, and the park was […]

Global Immediacy

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Yesterday I presented a workshop which I called “Global Immediacy: Using Video Telephony to Bring Distant Guests into Your Classroom.” It was designed to get faculty thinking about how they might use applications such as Skype in their teaching. I had a little help from George “Loki” Williams of SocialGumbo, we had a good attendance, […]


Friday, November 20th, 2009

For no particular reason except the sheer fun of it, here’s a mix of whistling songs. Perhaps you can use this to make your transition to the weekend.

Exhalation & Disclosure

Monday, November 16th, 2009

I feel like I’m exhaling and relaxing for the first time since — when was it? — late July. That’s when the idea of moving first entered my head. We’d learned our daughter had lead poisoning and then a few days later I had a close encounter with one of the guys from the corner. […]

Mystery Fence

Sunday, November 15th, 2009

I can’t figure out the purpose of this fence. It is bolted in place, by the way.

Closing In

Friday, November 13th, 2009

I’m gearing up to sign a bunch of papers in about an hour and a half. First we’re closing on the sale of our old house. Immediately after that we’re closing on the purchase of our new house. The latter is predicated on the former. I have power of attorney so I can sign for […]

Five Things I Hate About Our New House

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

No, I’m not feeling particularly grumpy. Quite the opposite. We are settling in and making good progress on unpacking. We’ll close the deal soon and actually I’m pretty happy about the way things have worked out. But I thought I’d just go ahead and get these five points out of the way. The stairs are […]


Monday, November 9th, 2009

With help from over twenty friends and neighbors we knocked our move out in just over four and a half hours. I’m still totally amazed by that. It must be a new world record. Many thanks to everyone who lent a hand. So now we are in our new house unpacking. And unpacking. And unpacking… […]

Impending Move

Friday, November 6th, 2009

I got the key to our new house this morning. It’s starting to seem like reality. My mother-in-law was down here for a week. It wasn’t possible, logistically speaking, for me to go to Houston and leave Xy alone with our daughter. Her workday begins before the daycare opens. But this worked out well for […]

Extracurricular Activities

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

So, what to do in a strange city when you’ve got a few hours to kill? I could have looked up my cousin, but I’ll see her in a couple months at our family reunion (sorry, Les) so I took a more adventurous approach. I put my web search skillz to use. I wanted to […]

POD 2009

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

I’ve been doing faculty development for over ten years. Yet I’ve never attended a conference on the subject — until now. Last week I went to Houston for the 34th Annual POD Network Conference. The theme was “Welcoming Change: Generations and Regeneration.” And it was a blast. I attended a number of sessions, including: Welcoming […]


Monday, November 2nd, 2009

I just got back from a trip to Houston. I guess you might wanna zoom way in to find me. More to come. I’m a little preoccupied with packing and stuff. When I’ve sorted through my photos and papers I hope to post some notes about the conference I attended as well as my extra-curricular […]