All Things

So, today I dropped Margaret and Pippa off at the airport. Since I haven’t yet heard anything from the British Embassy, there’s a high likelihood that I’ll see Margaret next weekend; she has changed her plans and will return to Durham Friday. I won’t see Pippa till Christmastime, though, and that makes me choke up…

More Not Knowing

This article gives a scientific basis for the kind of caution I advocate for historical reasoning. I don’t think the neuroscience entails conclusive evidence of any particular thesis — after all, neuroscience had underwritten the “assured results” that preceded the new synthesis that Discover reports here — and anecdotal evidence abounds for the unreliability of…

Farewell Again

A normal person’s summer usually involves a certain amount of goodbye-ing, even if it only reflects a departure for a week’s vacation (or a return from said vacation). Sometimes the summer begins with goodbyes, when people graduate or leave jobs; sometimes the summer ends with goodbyes (some folks just leave later). Our summer has triggered…

Beyond Binary

I used to get some pushback when I called attention to Emily Nussbaum’s article on intersexed newborns. I argued that students should both be aware of the incidence of intersexed babies (for pastoral reasons), and should be able to think through some of the issues that arise as these children complicate people’s casual assumptions about…

Rumsfeld Was Right

No, I’m not re-evaluating my objections to the U.S. military adventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. Rather, I’m acknowledging and affirming one of the lessons from this summer’s emigration process. We received the contract in July and began working on a carefully articulated plan, but unknown unknowns intervened, and we’ve had to rework almost everything to…

Two Things

One: I was having an annoying problem with my iPhone. Whenever I started listening to it, it would get only a short way into a track before it made a funny sound and skipped ahead. I suspected that somehow the files had become corrupted, but that seemed not to be true since the tracks would…

While I Wait

Federal Express has delivered my re-application for my visa to work in the UK, so all I can do now is wait and try (in vain) to concentrate on other topics.   I did concentrate on following up a conversation I had with Clay, one of the friends with whom we’re staying this summer. I…

Fiat Visa

Well, the new, improved visa application is in the hands of Federal Express. Hoping to hear as soon as possible whether this application is successful.

Countdown

I woke up early and had dozed sporadically: this morning, I’m expecting the last bit of documentation for my visa application 2.0. Once it arrives, I’ll hurry over to Kinko’s and overnight it to New York, to repeat the cycle from late July. If the same timing prevails, I’ll learn on Friday that the package…