Week in Review: TGIF

It’s been a week. There’s a lot of uncertainty and tension in higher ed right now, between the DACA elimination and the Title IX announcement. And then there was a giant data security breach that affected 143 million Americans. Plus, back-to-back hurricanes have thousands of people displaced and on edge. So I was really looking for some lighthearted and fun news this week, and strangely enough, my search brought me back to Harvey and Irma—not the hurricanes, but a couple married for 75 years. And, … Read more…

New Academic Year’s Resolutions

Kristine My main resolution for this academic year is more personal than professional, but I think it could have benefits for both areas of my life. I started this week turning my phone off beginning right before dinner until after my kids are in bed. I have to say that it’s been extremely liberating and has definitely allowed me to focus more on what I’m doing during those hours and spend that time truly being with my family without distractions. The reality is that it’s … Read more…

Week in Review: #TexasStrong

The stories of heartbreaking loss and heartwarming humanity in the wake of Harvey’s destruction in Texas have really affected me this week. I’ve been on the verge of tears (or fully crying) with more or less every article I read or news clip I see. If you haven’t already, consider helping those impacted by the storm. The New York Times has a list of ways to support Harvey flood victims (and how to avoid scams). TVP Comms will be closed Friday, 9/1 and Monday, 9/4 … Read more…

Bracing for Back-to-School

Students everywhere are heading back to campus and gearing up for the start of a new semester. Cue scenes of ivy-covered brick buildings, strolls across campus greens, students hunched over laptops in every available library nook. I may have mentioned once or twice (or several times) that I love back-to-school time and being on campus. This year, I find that in addition to all of the standard college nostalgia, I’m kind of holding my breath for something. And I think that something is crisis. Colleges … Read more…

Week in Review: One in a Melon

These days, my garden is looking a little unkempt. It’s been way too hot to weed, my tomatoes have engulfed the peppers and cucumbers, and my melon and squash bed has gone completely wild. But, we have melons, people! That’s right—melons plural. We harvested our first cantaloupe and I’ve been trying to figure out the best way to tell if our watermelon is ripe before I pick it. Although it’s been really exciting to watch these bad boys swell up, I’m not sure if the … Read more…

Week in Review: Goodbye, Summer; Hello, Fall!

Greetings from Massachusetts! While I know that my home state does have some rough weather moments (I’m looking at you, endless winter), it’s been utter bliss to sleep with the windows open after a summer holed up inside with the AC struggling against southern heat and humidity. Fresh air! And though it’s only mid-August, fall is definitely creeping in up here—there are even some early bursts of fall foliage. The mornings have been chilly, the earlier sunsets have taken me by surprise, and there’s a … Read more…

Week in Review: Sitting Around the Campfire

My husband and I both used to camp a lot growing up, and we decided to try it out with our daughter this summer. Apparently, a lot of people think it’s a terrible idea, because in searching online for tips on camping with toddlers, most posts said something to the effect of “Why would you do that to yourself?” But, internet be damned, we’re doing it—just a short trip to a lakeside campground within 2.5 hours from home. And yes, it has required about a … Read more…

Quick Hit: Hitting the Books

Every year around back-to-school time (and is it me, or does this date gets earlier every summer?), a little voice in my head tells me this is the year I should go back to school, or at least seriously look into programs. And this fall, I’m listening to it. Well, sort of. Erin and I signed up for Living Writers Online, a free “literary learning experience” offered through Colgate University, and it has a pretty impressive reading list. I love the idea of this course, … Read more…

Week in Review: SQUIRREL

My garden should be in peak production of tomatoes right now, and I have only been able to enjoy a precious few. Why? The damn squirrels. I’m sad to say that in the battle of Ali versus rodents, Ali is sorely losing this year. They keep snatching the newly ripe, almost ripe, starting to ripen from the vine, or worse, taking a single bite and leaving me to think that I’ve bested them this time. I’m kind of embarrassed that I’m not able to outwit … Read more…

Heading Back to Campus

Now that my baby girl is almost 21 months, I figured we should probably get a jump on those college applications and schedule some campus tours this summer. JUST KIDDING. But she did visit a college campus recently and got a quick insider tour of the College of the Holy Cross. We were there for a friend’s wedding and my daughter darted around the mostly deserted, meticulously maintained grounds on her first visit to a college campus. And, forgive me: I got nostalgic. I always … Read more…