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Trying (and failing) to care less

Normally when a new semester starts, I think about what I want to accomplish–for myself professionally, with my students, in the department/university. …

A dozen years of musing

Whoa. This morning Facebook reminded me that The Bluest Muse turned 12 yesterday.  (And yes, I missed it. Again.) Twelve whole years …

National Donut Day

Happy National Donut Day!

During the early getting-to-know-you days of a semester, my students quickly learn a few vital things about me. Chief among them? My …

101 Pat-Downs Cover

Happy birthday 101 Pat-Downs!

Drum roll, please… It’s officially book day!! What started in Cactus Land 11 years ago and finished in Sacramento during a pandemic is …

Walter and Clyde

21 Goals for 2021

When I wrote my “20 Goals for 2020” last New Year’s day, I had no idea how prescient some of my plans …

Book advance

20 goals for 2020

Amid the debates about whether we’re starting a new year or a new decade, I saw a Twitter thread last week about …

Confessions of an erstwhile blogger

“Please save me a seat!” I texted, frantically hustling down Pratt Street towards the Baltimore Convention Center. Naturally, when I had cut …