Not much time left in the day, or the semester. Right about now is right about when we start dealing with the panic-reaction of kids who've left undone that which they ought to have done, and/or who've never yet learned fundamental life lessons. Plagiarism (topic of tomorrow's post) is up, breakdowns & tears are up, dumbass Facebook Wall unethical between students: my favorite from yesterday, about eking out a too-short paper: "Dude! Just set your font to 12.5 and your line spacing to 2.2...that way it won't look suspicious." My opportunity to post, further down the Comments chain, "this is spectacularly stupid advice."
Excellence is hard--but it's also far more gratifying than mediocrity. This is a valuable life lesson which many learn too late.
on the Hydraulic System
of the Backhoe
for Burt Hybart
Through mud, fouled nuts, black grime
it opens, a gleam of spotless stell
swirl of intake and output
at the heart