These years in Kamloops, I have been so lucky to regularly jam with Breaking Band in The Bassment — thank you David and Ronda Olds for being in the band and hosting us so luxuriously. The band is turning a page as our guitar player Irwin won’t be living in Kamloops because he’s moving on […]Read more "Breaking the Band"
Jim Groom invited me to crash the party on a position paper that he is writing. We were asked to “address pressing issues”, and to offer “examples of current educational designs, models, and formats that push the boundaries of higher education.” As the draft below indicates, I’m pretty far from a writing headspace these days, […]Read more "Interventions"
Life has a way of smacking you when you least expect it. I was worried when my Dad underwent knee replacement surgery, then relieved to learn that it had gone well and he had been discharged from hospital. That night in the hotel, he had a massive stroke. Harry and I barely made it in […]Read more "Ken Lamb"
[The Abject continues to deliver on its longstanding 1 to 4 proportion of “why I am not blogging” blog posts… Proudly barely blogging since 2001!] Even by my standards, a five month post gap is unseemly. Partly driven by forces familiar to many of you… Over the past year, I’ve become increasingly unsure of myself. […]Read more "push-starting a dying VW microbus out of the parking lot, having been refused a cheap motel room for being dirty hippies"
[Above, suggest you read this post with a soundtrack about trying to embrace a little bit of gladness… Song lyrics inspired blog post title too. But if you just want to read, we’ll allow that too.] Since coming back from Mexico in 2000, I’ve had significant stints at three Canadian universities. In each case I […]Read more "Can’t be a nihilist in my chosen racket…"