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Book Signing Today

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Will have a book signing at Amarillo College today. Nervous? What do you think? Book signings with friends or colleagues are hard for the same reason speaking, or singing or playing a musical instrument for them is difficult. You’re more self-conscious, more afraid they won’t like your stuff. Even worse, you don’t want them to […]

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My Best Years

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Another semester coming to a close – and I realized today I have experienced more of these as a student than as a teacher. Twenty-two to be exact: 12 years in public school, 5 with my bachelor’s degree, another 5 in grad school. By contrast, I’ve been teaching college for a mere 17 years, 12 […]

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Research Papers Due

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Today, my 1301 students will turn in their major research papers for the semester. But, first, we’ll get in a circle and I’ll interview some (no time for all) of them about their experiences. What I’ll discover is that, during the last five weeks, they have become discoverers. Like the young lady who went looking […]

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Cooking Out

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Cooked out last night. Chicken breasts. Very good; thank you. Has taken me most of 30 years to perfect the chicken breast. Secret is in the tenderizing. That and the brand of chicken: Pilgrim’s Pride. “Hi, I’m Bo Pilgrim, and I just won’t sell a fat, yeller chicken.” Grilling out, as in “outdoors,” whether one […]