I’m feeling better, today, thanks for asking. In fact, I feel strong enough to avoid more grading by writing a blog entry.
Lisa and I have started walking in the DePauw Nature Park everyday sometime between 10 and noon. It is an old limestone quarry which has been allowed to get all natural and stuff. DePauw has built a Visitors Center and a Field Station on the site. Up on the rim they have just completed the new Ethics Center.
We like to walk around the rim for the views and to get a good look at the turkey vultures. I will try to include some of the pictures later. A couple walks ago we also got up close and personal with a deer and a chorus of frogs. Ah, tranquil. A little later we encountered an unleashed bull dog barking at us like a strangling frog. Not so tranquil (which is why I now walk with a nice hunk of the aforementioned limestone).
These walks are invigorating physically and mentally. Lisa and I talk about teaching most of the time and our spirited exchanges (the naive might call it “arguing” – pff) really do a lot to stretch and focus my thinking at the same time. I have a lot to learn. Fortunately, I have a good teacher (who walks entirely TOO fast sometimes…).