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  • I strode across campus through a stiff wind listing and relisting things that still needed doing:

    Midterm grades are due Friday.
    Email the absent student a link to the mid-course evaluation survey.
    Ask Department Chair when to hang last term's freshman work in the library.
    Find out if there's extra sap green in the watercolor cabinet.
    Confirm if I can crash on friend's futon for spring break.
    Find someone to watch dog.


    The President's Secretary was in her office. She was happy to track down the paperwork snag holding up my Faculty Development Grant application. Yes, I have direct deposit now. Here are my receipts.

    Half way back to the studio, protein shake half way to my lips, I stopped in the middle of the apple orchard. A mobius flock shot straight up into the sky, spinning like ribbons in the wind.

    I watched for several minutes. The birds kept coming. Only one student stopped.
    Faculty development indeed.
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