not blogged

Things I’ve been doing that did not seem bloggable:

1. Writing official letters of discipline for plagiarism cases. I could write a blog about this, but we all know about the problem and it just depresses us.

2. Reading graduate papers. Work, not unpleasant, not bloggable as not anonymous. Could be combined with my own writing trauma into some sort of essay about writing, but at this point I think others are doing it better.

3. Pulling up garlic mustard. This might be bloggable, as I have to figure out what to do with 5 bags of plants that cannot be sent to the land fill and are dangerous to just leave lying around in your yard. Why 5 bags? Because I just this spring learned that a big patch of my back yard has been taken over by it. But do any of the rest of you care about garlic mustard? Is this really a topic for a sociology blog?

4. Misc family things: consulting with my son who is graduating and moving into his first apartment, talking to my housebound mother for 30-60 minutes on the phone everyday, and also less often to my father who is also having health issues, preparing for relatives’ visit to said son’s graduation, attending graduation parties for other young people.

5. Sunday school teaching. Very funny incident that is only funny to liberal Christians: conservative Christians would be appalled that it happened at all, and non-Christians would find the whole thing just weird. Only sociology if it turns into a reflection on the sociology of different kinds of religion.

6. (Edit).  I forgot getting up at 5:30 (I’m not a morning person) to do a public radio interview.  Do you suppose this is what Michael Burawoy had in mind?

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Author: olderwoman

I'm a sociology professor but not only a sociology professor. I keep my name out of this blog because I don't want my name associated with it in a Google search. Although I never write anything in a public forum like a blog that I'd be ashamed to have associated with my name (and you shouldn't either), it is illegal for me to use my position as a public employee to advance my religious or political views, and the pseudonym helps to preserve the distinction between my public and private identities. The pseudonym also helps to protect the people I may write about in describing public or semi-public events I've been involved with. You can read about my academic work on my academic blog http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/soc/racepoliticsjustice/ --Pam Oliver

11 thoughts on “not blogged”

  1. In Wisconsin you can leave bags of plants marked “invasive species” with your household waste and they’re supposed to haul them to be incinerated. Try calling your DNR or sanitation. Even if you cook the GM greens you’re going to want to dispose of the, er, stems and seeds appropriately.

  2. Re: clarkpeterson@4 – the link you provided says you can have the greens sent to the landfill – there’s a little yellow box about it on the right…

    I also want to hear the sunday school story.

  3. OK I’ll write up the SS story later. Re landfill, the instructions actually say that plants that have gone to seed can be sent to the landfill. Plants that have not gone to seed should be dried out to kill them and then are not dangerous as should be treated as other yard waste. My plants have not gone to seed and the bags include some dandelions and other weeds as well as the garlic mustard. A combination of rainy weather and the volume of plants makes laying them out to dry problematic, not to mention figuring out what to do with them after that. So I may “cheat” and send them to the landfill anyway.

  4. As for what goes on our blog, part of our mission is that we are supposed to be hard to pin down. We will wither and die if we worry about being a sociology blog.

  5. Yes, I care about garlic mustard, but I didn’t know that I did — that it was growing in my yard — until your link … so, thanks.
    Also thanks for illustrating Work-Life/being a whole person, again.

  6. I am with Jeremy. If you think you shouldn’t blog about garlic mustard, then you start thinking you can’t post about dog vomit, and when it comes to that point, I just don’t want to blog any more.

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