Good Things (pre-spring semester edition)

Sometimes life is a challenge.  If we believe the platitudes (and if we are trying to maintain sanity and light, why not?), we know that the challenges make us stronger people.  I want to believe that.  These days, I have my doubts.  So, I look for those things that remind me that there is good.  Good things.  The thought that I need to write these down remains with me.  Maybe there’s something about these recurring lists.  Maybe there’s something about just writing it all down.  Maybe there’s something.

  • Seeing a former grad student today who thanked me for teaching her pedagogy class last summer– now that she’s teaching for the first time, she feels confident and prepared.  “You did that,” she said.
  • Reading a very insightful blog post, “Merit is Everything” (in higher education) that puts so much of the harshness of what we do in higher ed in perspective (check out the Escape the Ivory Tower . . . the post I read is a part of the “Myths and Mismatches” eCourse, which is completely worth the price [free]).
  • Taking photographs … and finding beauty and interest in the mundane of the everyday
  • Knowing so many smart and accomplished people who support and care about me
  • Believing that there are people who aren’t uncomfortable or ashamed to be seen with me (long story…..)
  • Understanding that I have unique talents and abilities– talents and abilities that many people do not understand

The mundane of the day that’s good?

  • Diet Coke
  • A free box lunch (ham sandwich, cookies, and potato chips)
  • A fireplace (with a fire)
  • Christmas pajamas
  • Law & Order (comfort TV)
  • Cujo Cat (my daughter’s cat….she’s mean, but funny)
  • A clean kitchen
  • Verizon getting the iPhone (in a few months)

Yes, I’ll write a book.  A book of mundane good things.

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  1. #1 by Abby Knoblauch on January 13, 2011 - 3:33 am

    I love your pictures, Billie, and I love your lists. Are you going to Cs this year? I’d be happy to be seen with you.

  2. #2 by billiehara on January 13, 2011 - 3:34 am

    Oh, Abby! Yes, I’ll be there. I missed you in Louisville … so Atlanta, here we come! (And thanks about the images and not being too weirded out being see with me.) 🙂

  3. #3 by Nels on January 13, 2011 - 3:46 am

    But part of the thrill of meeting you last May was in adding to my street cred for coolness. See, I actually know her in real life, not just on this here internet thing.

    • #4 by billiehara on January 13, 2011 - 3:50 am

      Oh, thanks, Nels. If you weren’t taken,…… 🙂

      Just know that I can say the same thing about you, Mr. Awesome. (How great these relationships are online.)

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