March 25, 2016 Update

  1. Reading: Walter Isaacson’s biography of Benjamin Franklin

Ben Franklin“I wish the bald eagle had not been chosen as the representative of our country; he is a bird of bad moral character, he does not get his living honestly; you may have seen perched on some dead tree, near the river where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labors of the fishing-hawk. . . The turkey is, in comparison, a much more respectable bird, and a true original native of America. . . he is (though a little vain and silly, it is true, but not the worse emblem for that) a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards.”

2. Teaching: Women’s Studies at Catlin Gabel High School, a class of lively and thoughtful students.

3. Visiting: The High Desert Museum, introduced to the burrowing owl.

4. 1755_Lisbon_earthquakeReading: This Gulf of Fire: The Destruction of Lisbon, or Apocalypse in the Age of Science and Reasonby Mark Molesky.



  1. Preparing: a talk for the Experience Music Project Pop Studies Conference, 2016 “Rock Authenticity and Tween Voices”

6. Reading: When the Root Children Wake Up by Sibylle von Olfers



  1. Publishing: an article in The Common Reader, “Talking with Girls about Katy Perry”


  1. Reading: Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert

9. Observing: the great trillium bloom in the back yard.

  1. Reading: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James M. Lang
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