I am what they call a summertime blogger. I had three months off from any teaching or school-related work, so in order to feel “productive”, I resurrected the blog. However, that will probably come to an end shortly as my semester begins next week, and I am in for a world of hurt. Teaching 5 courses, editing articles for 55 journalism students every week, writing papers, reading, and attending classes, I have a grab bag of different things going on. Should make for a hectic end to 2011. And I’m not even considering my dissertation that I have to start thinking about. Uh.
"I don’t underrate the decorative side of life. It seems to me the sense of splendour has justified itself by what it has produced. The worst of it is that so much human nature is used up in the process. If we’re all the raw stuff of the cosmic effects, one would rather be the fire that tempers a sword than the fish that dyes a purple cloak. And a society like ours wastes such good material in producing its little patch of purple!"