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Archive for January 2010

Snowy Home

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January 30, 2010 at 10:30 pm

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For you Nebraska folks this 5-10 inches might not seem like much, but for Southerners this is a lot of snow!

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January 29, 2010 at 8:36 pm

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Econ Rap Video

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I thought this was an amazing parable/rap.  Admittedly I study the intersection of macroeconomics and politics for a living, but I thought this was a nice way to talk about the two major points of view about stimulus packages and why the federal government is taxing us just as much as they are.

Plus Ke$ha likes it.

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January 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm

Posted in Political Science

NPR and Planet Money

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I regularly listen to NPR’s Planet Money podcast about current economic trends and economic history so I’m delighted to be quoted on their blog yesterday.  They really liked my suggestion and comments in response to one of their stories.  Next month they’ll be interviewing the economist I suggested.

I am pretty excited to be influencing the national debate just the tiniest bit and to have my training do some good outside the academy.  🙂

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January 26, 2010 at 9:23 am

Posted in Political Science

Learning to Bake Again

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Our gas oven is a bit . . . ah . . . elderly.  Very functional, but elderly.  As such, I’ve always estimated temperature by the thermometer in the oven instead of the gauge on the stove.  What hadn’t quite sunk in over the last six years is that the oven thermometer itself might also been elderly.

How elderly you might ask?

65 degrees too high, that’s how elderly, or so the new oven thermometer has revealed.

Just think, for years I’ve thought that the reason I’ve never burned anything is that I’m such a clever cook.

In addition to wondering how I’ll have to adjust my sense of cooking times, I wonder if there is an upper limit to how highly I can think of myself without cause!

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January 24, 2010 at 6:05 pm

Posted in At the House, Laughter

The Annual Read

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Last week I let it slip in class that I’m reading Lord of the Rings again, possibly for the 13th or 14th time but certainly in double digits.  When the students rolled their eyes and laughed at me for reading LOTRs again, I hurriedly (and awkwardly) said that it changed my diction.  That’s true in that as Tolkien’s sentence structure is different and I do find myself speaking differently after a read, but that’s not why I read them.

I read them because I find them beautiful.

Elizabeth wrote today about how she is rereading a favorite book and it’s taught her more about community and healing than many of her seminary classes.  I resonate with that.  I find Tolkien’s eye for the natural world to be amazing.  As I think again about traveling to Europe, love how his descriptions of the Shire to perfectly evoke England to me;  Rivendell, Lauterbrunnen; and Ilithien, the dry, piney, Adriatic isles I’ve vacationed on.   Today, as I drove to David and Tosha’s, I saw beauty on the streets because I noticed, because I’ve been tracking the thoughts of someone who notices beauty.

I  read them because the move me.  I’m in the second half of The Two Towers and just passed one of the tenderest moments in the book.

I love them because they remind me that I do have a secret hope, that I am on a long journey that is meaningful, that beauty will triumph over darkness, and that my ultimate success, like Frodo, comes despite my own claims and through another’s death.

These are the kind of messages I want to be continually filling myself with (even if it means undergraduates laugh at me).

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January 23, 2010 at 10:28 pm

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At Center Court

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Yesterday I was recognized at half time of the UNC game for winning a teaching award. I thought it worked out rather nicely that I got to stand dead on center court.   Dad got to go down to the front row and snap a few shots, which was great.  I liked this one particularly.

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January 18, 2010 at 12:09 am

Posted in Political Science, UNC