1. Over the years I've worked a little more and little more on an essay I'm writing entitled, "On Needing Richard Hugo". As WR 115 winds down, I tell my students I'll read it aloud to any who want to hear it, but it's totally optional. About five or six students in my 10:00 section listened to me read and we had a good conversation about it. No one in my 12:00 section stuck around to hear it. Ha! I got to go home really early.
2. I read my students' papers about their portraits I took of them and I enjoyed that they wrote so freely and openly. They didn't seem to be under any pressure. I enjoy reading papers that have a relaxed tone. I'm glad I don't see the courses I teach as being all that important in the big picture. I don't have a great sense of urgency in teaching my courses. I tell my students they have writing to do. Let's do it. Let's try to enjoy it. They begin to see I don't micro-manage their work I want them to let it rip. It's not boot camp. There's not that much that go wrong.
3. Molly made her and the Deke and me a superb pizza with pesto sauce, mushrooms, roasted garlic, and Italian sausage. The salad on the side was great, too. I really enjoyed having Molly cook dinner tonight and enjoyed that it was so good.