An Idea

I have wondered about all these posts put up by people who did not get or have not yet gotten tenure track jobs and are disappointed because they were told they surely would. We, of course, were told we surely wouldn’t and I have wondered who is now telling people they surely will. It occurs … More An Idea

Oppose Vitter’s 3-D: The Domestic Jobs, Domestic Energy, and Deficit Reduction Act

Him, by e-mail: Dear Friend, Last week, the Obama administration announced it would release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).  The SPR is normally only used during true emergencies, most recently after Hurricane Katrina and the 1991 Gulf War disrupted our oil supplies – but as the New Orleans Times-Picayune … More Oppose Vitter’s 3-D: The Domestic Jobs, Domestic Energy, and Deficit Reduction Act

Tree of Life

A. Tree of Life does a good job of filming the dreamlike experience of childhood. It is set in the fifties, but I experienced the world that way, in clips and images, in the sixties. I remember very clearly the day JFK was killed. We prayed and saluted the flag in school. The teachers and … More Tree of Life

Post Cards

Dear Professor Zero, It is time once again to remind you to bring _______ in for his yearly vaccination. You may reach our office at ______. Yours, Veterinarian One. Dear Veterinarian One, Thank you for your post card. I regret to say that _______ went out on 2 March of this year and did not … More Post Cards

Clifton Chenier

This is Clifton, 25/VI/1925 – 12/XII/1987. Here is another great video with short explanations of the music, partly by Clifton himself: “I’m from New Orleans, I’m a Frenchman….” Finally, for people interested in the dance, here is a good clip from one of the festivals I have never been to, but promise to attend next … More Clifton Chenier