Flooding Update – Larry’s Blog

River behind Kundapur Bus stop.

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Flooding Update – Larry’s Blog.

A great post on how the 2011 #bisflood will forever change Bismarck.

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Vince Tinto, Private Eye

OK. So, if you know who Dr. Vincent Tinto is, then you know he’s not a private eye. But I’ve always thought the words sounded good with his name.

Last week, I was lucky enough to learn from him (or should I say “with” him?) at the NDUS Retention Summit.

Here are some of my take-aways.

  • We have to learn better together to help our students learn better together.”
  • “If we accept a student (for admission into our institutions), we have a moral obligation to help them be successful.”
  • “You have to invest in assessment to prove and improve.”
  • “I think everyone should have FYE (First Year Experience) courses.”
  • “Call John Gardner. Tell him, ‘Vinny said to call.'”
  • “Student success does not arise by chance.”
  • “No one rises to low expectations.”
  • Early warning systems are much more effective if they’re early.”

I have a lot more to say about this, but I’ll let you ponder on the above quote while I do the same.

Protein Loading

Ugh. That title sounds gross, huh? Well, this morning I decided to protein load, if that’s even a real thing. I ate 33 grams of protein, which is about half the daily recommended allowance. Why did I do this?

Lately, I’ve been starving by about 10 a.m. and pretty much eat from the moment I get to work until the moment I get home. I’d like to blame this on the fact that I am still nursing, but I think there’s more to it than that.

I’m thinking that maybe back in the day when people ate bacon and eggs for breakfast, they were on to something. Tons of protein=tons of energy and staying full for more than five minutes.

It’s just an experiment. We’ll see how I feel throughout the morning.

Separation Anxiety

I always get a little sad when I put my daughter to bed at night. I miss her instantly. I understand why she cries when she wakes up in the middle of the night.

I also think about how every day is the last day she’ll be exactly this particular age that she is and how every day I get closer to the day that she won’t want to fall asleep on my lap any more.

I’m trying my best to just soak it all in while I can.

I love being a mom.

I love my daughter so much.

She makes me smile every day.

She reminds me what’s important in life.

She constantly explores.

She takes risks.

She finds humor in the simplest things.

She cries when she says goodbye to the people she loves.

She’s not afraid to try new things.

She loves making people happy.

She takes every opportunity to learn something new.

She gives you a hug when you need one most.

She is my hero.

Hello world!

Welcome to my blog.

I remember reading about blogs a decade or so ago, and thinking, “Who in the world would read that?” Well, now I get most of my information from blogs.

Several years back, I wanted to set up a blog, but I thought, “That shark has jumped.”

Now, here I am, starting the blog that I’ve been writing in my mind for about five years, because I finally understand that, much like email and the Internet itself, blogging isn’t just a passing fad for teenagers and narcisists. Blogging is a great opportunity for a writer like myself to share my ideas and be part of an online community.

I’m excited to see where this adventure takes us.