Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Man Behind Herman Munster Wrote Some Puntastic Children’s Books – Atlas Obscura

Fred Gwynne left a wonderfully goofy literary legacy. And now that I know about it, I’m definitely going to have get some for Monki’s library!

Source: The Man Behind Herman Munster Wrote Some Puntastic Children’s Books – Atlas Obscura

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Commencement 2017

vdu-e1455559276836So I did this thing.

I was asked to give a speech at the commencement ceremony for the Political Science faculty, something between 5-7 minutes. I went on for 8 1/2. Honestly, a bit intimidating speaking before a graduating class. And then you sit there, on the stage, with your fellow presenters, while all the students come up to get their diplomas. And every now and again, one would come over and shake our hands as well. I haven’t shaken that many hands in a long time!

Anyway, if you’re interested in what I had to say, there’s a video below.  Continue reading

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25 Things You Didn’t Know About the World’s Oceans | Mental Floss

Dive into some lesser-known facts about the deep.

Source: 25 Things You Didn’t Know About the World’s Oceans | Mental Floss

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Why I teach.

graduation-bannerYesterday, in an offhand conversation, I was asked whether someone should pursue teaching in Lithuania. My immediate response was “not if they want to make a living.” Here, the powers that be are trying to “fix” the education system with all sorts of radical ideas, including combining all of the many and varied universities into three umbrella institutions among others. And yes, there are issues which should be addressed. One of the areas is pay for the faculty. It hasn’t gone up since 2001. In fact, over all, the baristas at the local coffee houses make more money than your average university lecturer. Continue reading

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This Land is YOUR Land | David Magazine

Visit a National Park this Summer to Celebrate Your Citizenship & the Glory of the Great Outdoors.

My latest piece for David!

Source: This Land is YOUR Land | David Magazine

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