Category Archives: Academics

Memories of Jim Farrell, an English teacher colleague from New Trier

I sadly opened up my e-mail this morning to something that is less than pleasant and is happening with greater and greater frequency: the loss of a former colleague. I have been retired since 2007 and each year passes and … Continue reading

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The unforgettable Ludmilla Coven

The other day we were alerted that there were strangers approaching the house as the dog was barking up a real storm. Mary Kay went to the door and a we realized that a blast from the past was being … Continue reading

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Another warm day in winter

It seems to me that the weather is about to change. They are promising colder weather and snow. We shall see. My Oakton stint is over for the semester. Next semester is another stint of ESL and French conversation hours … Continue reading

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The Helpless Desk

I always mulched my Christmas tree and used the center pole for plants. I have gotten lazy with that, however. I still do as my grandparents and mom and throw my coffee grounds in the flower beds though.[/caption]I guess that … Continue reading

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My new academic routine

I have changed my online routine for teaching. I am a planner and I am also a planner who likes to do things early, allowing me time to mull over what I have done and to recheck so that I … Continue reading

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