Tomorrow morning at 10 Eastern, 9 Central, Margaret begins the oral defense of her doctoral exams. Any candle-lighting, prayer-offering, incense-burning, or whatever that you’ve been doing for her reaches its urgent peak for the hour or two after that.

Only very foolish people figure they can outthink a faculty committee, so I don’t pretend to know what will happen — but the written versions of her exams, and the prep she’s been doing between the written exams and tomorrow morning, make me confident that there should be no problem for her. Compared to exams I’ve observed from the sidelines and participated in (as student and as grad faculty at PTS), she’s in the secure zone.

On the other hand, there are the matters of sleeping tonight, keeping food down, and so on.

Stay tuned. I’ll post here when I get done with my first reactions to her phone call.

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