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Monthly archives for March, 2012

It’s That Time of Year

It’s That Time of Year

Spring is coming in like the tide, slow and inexorable and in daily waves. Every day for the last week, the temperature has gotten all the way up to about freezing, but every night it drops back to around 5°F, and in the morning, the world is coated in ice and frosty snow again. Some […]

Confessions of a Lapsed Grammar Cop

Confessions of a Lapsed Grammar Cop

You know those people who, when faced with an offensive comment on the Internet, will point out its flaws in grammar and spelling rather than respond to the content? Yeah, I used to be one of those people. In my youth, I cherished my St. Martin’s Handbook as a Bible of all things grammar, and I […]

Positive Vibes

Positive Vibes

Lots of happy things to share with you today! [1] I have a confession to make. I’d been halfway considering buying a new pair of black boots for some time, something to wear to more formal occasions. I love my brown boots, but they are quite practical. Yesterday, an occasion that called for something fancier […]

The P-word

The P-word

After reading 23 rough drafts from my second year students and finding just one that is [apparently] completely plagiarism-free, I decided to make the last half of today’s American Studies class about what I euphemistically called “academic culture” in the U.S. I’ve been struggling to get my head around the culture of casual plagiarism here, […]

string cheese

string cheese

So, there’s this cheese they have here in Arkhangelsk (and I guess probably other parts of Russia, but I’d never seen it before coming here). I don’t know what it’s called, but it looks like this: And it goes really good with beer. We got some at the Cuban restaurant with Dad and Nils and […]