Monthly Archives: January 2007

How rejuvenating are great students!

Today a freshman came to my office, and we chatted for forty minutes. This freshman is very modest, calling herself “practical,” where I would use “wise” and “mature.” She gave me new hope for the future of the global world. … Continue reading

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Sunday evening

Recently, Phyllis Tickle e-mailed me: “Be more of you every day, my dear. . . . p” How thankful I am for this mentor and friend! On Tuesday my savvy, kind husband and I are going to film a YouTube … Continue reading

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What I’m Thankful for Today!

I’m thankful for students who come to class, listen, make engaging comments, read the texts, question, and work on revising their writing! I am so proud of each of you! Dr. Butcher

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TOY Party! Today!

My husband said as soon as I woke up this morning, as if he’d been watching me sleep and was waiting to say this, “It’s your big day!” Roll on, Community! I rolled out of bed and made homemade waffles … Continue reading

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Spam-Away Spray! Watch for it in a Walgreen’s near you!

Thank you, Sean! He erected a defense shield for my blog, defending it against the onslaught of spam hordes. Now fewer pieces of spam hit my blog, and I spend less time deleting those marauding Cyber-mails, those pesky electronic mosquitoes. … Continue reading

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An Extraordinary Love for Old Addresses

Anyone else out there love old addresses? My in-laws, Ted and Sue Butcher, shipped my husband and me stuff from their cottage in Hereford. This included old books, old letters, my husband’s old English Civil War costumes, etc. My Bosworth-Toller … Continue reading

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The St. Clare Prayer Book by Jon M. Sweeney

“I am the Holy Spirit, who has come to you to bring you consolation as you have never before tasted.” –Angela of Foligno (page 25) If you are interested in a richer, more intimate prayer life with God, buy this … Continue reading

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Go, Hildegard of Bingen!

The little book (220 pages) that I slaved over this last year and beyond, starting in Seoul, South Korea, and “finishing” this hot Georgia summer, is now listed at 220,000 on the amazon site, and it’s not even published yet! … Continue reading

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Blogs must be short

if they are to be consistently written. Or do you prefer “Blogs must be short, if they are to be written consistently.” This version avoids splitting an infinitive (“to be written”), but I’ve never been bothered about “splitting infinitives,” unless … Continue reading

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First, the Bad News (Spam Again!) and, Next, the Good News (Dr. Chuck Pearson)

The bad news first. I just had to delete a spam string that was (I kid you not) at least three feet long. It had lots of info about golf in it. What is that about? Even if I were … Continue reading

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

My mom, Kate, and I all went to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia, with Dr. Jim Scarry and some of his students last semester. In one adjective–it was awesome! As I stood beside the … Continue reading

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Corey and Cameron Bradberry’s “The Slide”

Three minutes’ worth of joy–check out this link, http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8925337227517118854&hl=en. I watched it once, and then we all watched it once. Sean said, “You should get Corey to do your video spot.” (But of course we know you’re way too busy … Continue reading

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Spamming

How dreary to be spammed, how public, like a frog, to sit all day and have to delete the spam, that’s like a bog! I have redone Emily Dickinson’s marvelous poem to reflect my frustration with the mounds of excremental … Continue reading

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PC Magazine, February 6, 2007

Dear Friends, Thanks for coming over to my blog! Today my family and I went to Barnes & Noble. (Hi, Kris Wilder, B&N book-signing organizer extraordinaire!) My husband the computer expert bought the latest PC Magazine and threw it in … Continue reading

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Annie Proulx’s Way with Words

What can you say about a piece that starts out like this: You stand there, braced. Cloud shadows race over the buff rock stacks as a projected film, casting a queasy, mottled ground rash. The air hisses and it is … Continue reading

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The Crunchy T-Shirt

Today in Advanced Composition we had a great time with several students just dropping in from the rafters (as it were) to join us. Come back, please! Also, Catie Eisel brought us definitions from the OED of “whatnot,” a most … Continue reading

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Hildegard of Bingen: A Spiritual Reader

Today I had a looooooooooooooooooooooooooooong and wonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnderful talk with Mr. Jon Sweeney and Ms. Danielle Bushnell at Paraclete Press. These publishing masterminds want me to help them create an “Internet buzz” for the Hildegard book I wrote and that Paraclete … Continue reading

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