December 17 update

1. Wondering: Why is country music so popular in Norway?

2. Reading: Michelle Miller Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology — this is a great book which considers the relationship of new research in cognitive science and their implications for teaching good courses online.

3. Setting up: my first 100% online class: Gender, Race and the Roots of Rock ‘n’ Roll, this winter at Portland State.

4. Still happy thinking about: seeing Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai receive the Nobel Peace Price at Oslo City Hall.

4. Reading: Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming.

5. Feeling lucky: I can go into classrooms without fear of violence.

6. Listening: Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, “I’m not a Juvenile Delinquent.”

7. Watching: short days and long nights.

8. Anticipating: my first trip to Africa.

9. Supporting: Know Your IX, a student activist movement working to stop sexual violence on college campuses.

10. Visiting: the northern most road in Europe.

11. Visiting: schools in Storsteinnes, Gamvik, Trysil, Hisøy, Harstad, and more, see a map here.

12. Viewing repeatedly: Feist singing “1,2,3,4” on Sesame Street. Very different from this amazing version, which I suppose is the “original.”

13. Thinking about: Choirs and their civic voice while reading “SINGing, SOCIALizing, SELForganizing: An insight into an engaged Viennese music collective” by Ana Hofman on the Society for Ethnomusicology blog.

14. Hearing: the pealing of bells. Here is Metallica on the same instrument.

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