Ready to Start Again, and Resolutions for the Upcoming Year

Well, I’ve taken some time off from my blogging. This year we had a four week hiatus between semesters, which I have enjoyed to the max. We have one more week before we start back. This semester, I will be teaching the following courses at OCC: Greek IB Spanish II Old Testament History II Cross-Cultural […]

No Room in the Inn

The Christmas story, according to Luke 2 begins like this: In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to his own town to register. 4 […]

A Dificult Time of the Year to Eat Sensibly

For the last several months, I have been trying to eat much more sensibly. I have been successful, and have shed some serious poundage. For the last couple weeks, with all the Christmas goodies, I have moved into a maintenance mode. Today, our family was at Silver Dollar City, and we had lunch at one […]

Grading is almost done!! Woohoo!

I’ve worked all day grading stray papers that didn’t get graded earlier. I now have just a small stack left to grade. If I get up early tomorrow, I may get it done. I also have to assign grades for online workbook exercises my Spanish I class did. I’ll use a spreadsheet to average grades […]

Musings of a Semester Extinguished

Well, we made it! I have one more final exam to administer tomorrow, then it is grading frenzy time. Grades are due Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 9:00 AM. I should be able to make it just fine. We will be going to Branson on Saturday. We’re considering going to the Branson Belle. We’ll return to […]

Books on Afghanistan

I just finished reading my second book in recent months on life in Afghanistan. It is Åsne Seierstad’s The Bookseller of Kabul. During the summer, I had read Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner. Both of these books give a glimpse into the reality of life in Afghanistan. Some friends from Chile recommened The Kite Runner […]

UNL, Penguins and Grandsons

This semester I am enrolled in my last required course for the Ph.D in Educational Studies and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Next semester, I’ll actually be enrolled in another course titled Dissertation Proposal, but I don’t count that as a required “course”, since I will be working on my own dissertation. I worked hard all […]

Here we go . . .

I am intrigued by the whole blogging phenomenon. As a Baby Boomer, those of my generation are generally not as confessional as the younger generation. The candor of today’s undergraduate students amazes me. I began reading blogs seriously last summer. A young man that was a student of mine a year ago is now in […]