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The inevitable has happened around here–the Queen Anne’s Lace is in full bloom, often beautifully interlaced with bright blue chicory flowers. To me this means that the start of classes is right around the corner. Of course, because of the ‘Rona this semester is a bit more difficult and anxiety-provoking than most, but I maintain my position: don’t prepare until it’s time. If you are the sort of person who loves to do class prep early because it calms you, then by all means, go for it!

But I’m just trying to take it one day at a time. It helps to remember that it is still only July 16th, and most of us have at least a good month left to pursue the reading, writing, and resting we all desperately need this summer. Try to think in terms of abundance, not scarcity. A month is a whole month!!

Imagine what it would feel like in February to suddenly be granted a month free from classes, and then you will be thinking in terms of abundance.

Spring Retreat and Master Class is Up and Ready!

It’s finally here! After spending most of the break updating and providing new content for you all, I’m happy to announce that the Spring Retreat and Master Class is ready for enrollment. There are a couple of completely new sections, including Getting Things Done for Academics and How to Re-think your assignments. Enroll for 25%

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The Importance of Real Rest

It’s December, so I know that we are all grading, grading, grading right now. Because I am. But while COVID presents challenges it also presents opportunities: at this moment I’m delivering my final exam to my students across the country, while I’m in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, where I’m on my annual writing group retreat.

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Are you living in an echo chamber?

Sometimes you just have to teach off script. Here’s why. I’ve been teaching American literature for over 25 years, and it enables me to raise all kinds of issue of central importance today, including our persistent failure to move beyond the racist attitudes present at the founding of the United States. But sometimes we need

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