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You Are a Bette!


You are a Bette — “I must be strong”

Bettes are direct, self-reliant, self-confident, and protective.

How to Get Along with Me

  • * Stand up for yourself… and me.
  • * Be confident, strong, and direct.
  • * Don’t gossip about me or betray my trust.
  • * Be vulnerable and share your feelings. See and acknowledge my tender, vulnerable side.
  • * Give me space to be alone.
  • * Acknowledge the contributions I make, but don’t flatter me.
  • * I often speak in an assertive way. Don’t automatically assume it’s a personal attack.
  • * When I scream, curse, and stomp around, try to remember that’s just the way I am.

What I Like About Being a Bette

  • * being independent and self-reliant
  • * being able to take charge and meet challenges head on
  • * being courageous, straightforward, and honest
  • * getting all the enjoyment I can out of life
  • * supporting, empowering, and protecting those close to me
  • * upholding just causes

What’s Hard About Being a Bette

  • * overwhelming people with my bluntness; scaring them away when I don’t intend to
  • * being restless and impatient with others’ incompetence
  • * sticking my neck out for people and receiving no appreciation for it
  • * never forgetting injuries or injustices
  • * putting too much pressure on myself
  • * getting high blood pressure when people don’t obey the rules or when things don’t go right

Bettes as Children Often

  • * are independent; have an inner strength and a fighting spirit
  • * are sometimes loners
  • * seize control so they won’t be controlled
  • * figure out others’ weaknesses
  • * attack verbally or physically when provoked
  • * take charge in the family because they perceive themselves as the strongest, or grow up in difficult or abusive surroundings

Bettes as Parents

  • * are often loyal, caring, involved, and devoted
  • * are sometimes overprotective
  • * can be demanding, controlling, and rigid

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RBOC* about being on the road

* random bullets of crap

You know how, back in the winter months, your calendar for 3 seasons ahead looks all empty and pristine and everything seems possible?  Even though school will be starting and you know what that is like – what with the getting the syllabi together and meeting new students and getting classes going and re-reading or at least skimming the texts and getting new readings and finding out what’s wrong with your classroom and – oh – teaching a new class with new texts and….   So you know that is going on.  But you look at the calendar with all those lovely blank spaces (because you don’t write down all that school stuff – okay maybe you do but I don’t…) and you say – hey – I can go to that 4 day meeting and I can facilitate this event over here and I can present at this thing and oh, sure, I can do that.  And then, in the middle of August, you look at your calendar and scream.


But today I am home and thus ends the madness that was August 28 – September 27. 


Herewith – RBOC about being on the road.


  • I have written it on the syllabus, and announced to students every week in every class that I would be gone from this date to this date, so if you need to meet with me do it before this date.   Because I will be gone.  As in not on campus.  As in not able to meet with you.  So why the string of emails last week from people needing to meet with me – during the week I was not on campus?   (Although I had a lot of travel over those 4 weeks, I missed only 2 days of classes – lesson plans were still in place and assignments still due while I was gone.)


  • All that writing I was going to do while on the road?  Not so much.


  • All that grading I was going to do?  See above.


  • The staff at the Enterprise car rental place in Philadelphia is tops.  They were friendly, efficient and knowledgeable.  They made me happy. 


  • The Cleveland airport is sorely lacking in electrical outlets, at least in the D concourse. 


  • Everybody everywhere needs to give me free wifi. 


  • I don’t mind if people walk slowly or stop and gab with their friends in the airport.  But, uh, could you folks move to the side so those of us that have a flight to catch can get by?  Just saying. 


  • People, the earbuds mean don’t talk to me.  Seriously.  And when I answer your question by saying simply “yes” or “no,”  or acknowledge your comment with a quick smile and then look back down at my book, with my earbuds in, by the way… this is a social cue that means “not interested in talking now.”  No, for real.  That’s what it means.  (okay, I really think I’m a nice person… I just don’t talk to people so much in airports.  Okay, other places too.  But really!  I’m a nice person!)


  • The cats welcome me home:


Little nervous cat:  Mama!  Mama, you’re home! Let me wind myself around you one hundred – no!  two hundred times.   Let me lick your arm.  Again.  And again.  I love you, Mama.  Why did you go?  Oh!  You know that game we play where I race to the middle of the room and flop on my back and look so cute and precious that you have to scratch my belly?  Let’s do that!  Again!  And again!  Oh, Mama, don’t ever leave me again.  No one scratched my belly while you were gone, Mama.  Well, it’s true I spent most of the week hiding under the bed… but if they really wanted to scratch my belly, they knew where it was.  Ok, Mama, please scratch.  Now. 


Big laid back cat: Heeyy!  What’s happening?  Dude, you were gone?  For a week?  Daaannng.  Well, welcome home, dude – how’s about some kibble while you’re up?


And now later tomorrow – grading.  

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It’s like that. (yes… on the surface everything I hate…. but it’s got a good beat and you can dance to it.)

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Classes begin on my campus this week – time to start dressing like a grownup again! I’m looking forward to being back in the classroom.

In the meantime, there are preparations to be made. Or at the very least, an attempt at one last day of truly unstructured time.

In the absence of a real post (I’ve got one brewing) here are a couple of academically inclined posts of interest that caught my eye today.

There is a Hurricane Gustav wiki up with lots of frequently updated information; it includes a page for college students.

Over at Anti-Racist Parent, Asha Jeffers contributes a guest post with tips for students of color at predominantly white colleges and universities:

… as a (very) recent graduate who attended one of those less-than-multicultural universities, I wanted to share some tips that helped me and many of my friends minimize the frustrations and maximize the good times of the university experience. I believe these tips are useful not only for students of color but their friends, families and professors who want to understand some of the issues they may face.

Profbwoman writes about a UCLA professor’s charge claiming too many black students are being admitted. Said professor stepped down from the admissions committee.

Ajuan Moore at Black on Campus writes once again, black people on Harvard’s campus are assumed to be trespassing.

Happy new school year, everyone. Going to sharpen my pencils…

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Woo Hoo!

Kids are back in school – and I’m doing the happy parent dance. Join me, won’t you?

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We are heading back north tomorrow and plan to be home by Sunday evening. Squeezing out the last bits of sunshine today….

However, lest you think we lay about all day long, every now and then we do haul our bodies off the beach and around some table to feed our faces.

At least twice this week we acted like tourists and did our bit to stimulate the local economy. Good stuff…

The rest of the time we cooked for ourselves. That wasn’t bad, either.

I’m out… see you next week.

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Beach update #2…

Just some photos…

Sunrise over Tybee Island

The pier at dawn

Sea oats

Love this….

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