Friday Varia and Quick Hits

We’re enjoying a bit of a respite from the biting cold of North Dakotaland this week with daytime high temperatures surging to the mid-30s and with the possibility of the upper 30s next week. Ironically, if this were centigrade, it would be about the same temperature that Australia and India are enduring in Perth as the commence the second test of the Australian summer. With the NFL season essentially over and the NBA season playing its way through into the mid-season lull, cricket is king!

With my grading for the semester done, some longer and more leisurely writing projects underway, and my reading schedule for the holidays taking shape, it’s a pleasure to share some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s the end of the semester here in North Dakotaland and nothing more than a pile of grading, a bunch of projects, and some cricket to get through before the end of the year. 

If you’re thinking about holidays gifts, I’d nudge you to check out a subscription to North Dakota Quarterly or any of the great books from this blogs “sister project” The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota

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It’s also a good time for some quick hits and varia!

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

As the semester comes lurching to a conclusion, our to-do lists accordion between being almost done and immeasurably long. Here in North Dakotaland, the persistent flurries and low grey skies do what they can to soften the season, but it is still an ambivalent time of endings, new starts, family and friends, and the hectic holidays.

And cricket of course. 

And varia and quick hits:

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

It’s Black Friday here in North Dakotaland and the gluttony of Thanksgiving is coated with a frigid blanket of freezing fog. It feels like as good a time as any to stay indoors, ready by the fire, get some work done, and enjoy leftovers and lingering scents of the holiday meal. 

It’s also seems like a good time for some quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s a snowy Friday morning here in North Dakotaland, but the start of cricket in Australia, Formula 1 in Brazil, the Eagles are on Sunday Night Football, and a stack of books by the fire might give us enough to stay warm through the weekend.

If you’re in Grand Forks (or just North Dakotaland, in general), make a date to see Bret Weber give his Faculty Lecture on Wednesday at 4 in the Memorial Union on the lovely campus of UND.

Also, be sure to check out Sports, Speech, and Justice: A Community Conversation on Monday evening from 6-8 at Half Brothers Brewing in beautiful downtown Grand Forks. It features Eric Burin and a panel of luminaries pulled from the pages of his latest edited volume, Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in 21st Century America.

If that’s not enough, here’s a little list of quick hits and varia:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s cold and unseasonably damp here in North Dakotaland, but winter food, groovy tunes, and a good book or two make it more tolerable (and verging on pleasant at times).

As we head into election week, do check out the Joy of Voting project

If your weather is as ordinary as ours, may this little gaggle of quick hits and varia make it better. If it’s nicer, then enjoy the mild early winter!

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

We’re have a bit of a late fall resurgence this week in North Dakotaland after some snowy winter days. That means, everyone is out gathering the leaves that we buried under the snow and students were back in flip flops and shorts before temperatures slip back into more seasonally appropriate ranges. 

In other news, you may have heard that The Digital Press at the University of North Dakota published a book this week, Eric Burin’s Protesting on Bended Knee: Race, Dissent, and Patriotism in 21st century America. Check out an interview with Eric over at our local Pravda, UND Today or download (or buy) the book here

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

It’s wintertime on the Northern Plains with a lovely blanket of snow on the ground and just a bit of cold in the air. It’s perfect weather for football, reading in a comfortable chair by the fire, and watching cricket matches taking place in much warmer climate.

It’s also nature’s way to remind me that I need to start to chip away at some larger projects that are looming on the horizon and bring a bunch of the lingering summertime work to close. With the changing seasons come changing priorities, changing deadlines, and changing attitudes.

One thing that doesn’t change, though, are my Friday varia and quick hits:

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Friday Varia and Quick Hits

I’m sitting by the fire drinking coffee as a wet and heavy snow falls over North Dakotaland. Winter is here! 

Fortunately, It’s well over 30 so I won’t have to shovel, but I do worry about the trees and the folks out driving on the beet campaign. Wet and sloppy roads make a long night of driving challenging.

For the rest of us, it feels like a good day to stay indoors, and, if possible, focus on some reading and writing.

Here are some quick hits and varia for the first days of winter:

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Friday Quick Hits and Varia

Fall is starting to give way to early winter here in North Dakotaland with a brief moment of something frozen falling from the sky yesterday and temperatures that dip into the upper 20s predicted for tonight. It’s been a long, warm summer, but I think most of us survived to hibernate yet another year.

It’s also an intriguing weekend for sports with the big Ohio State – Penn State game on Saturday night. The NASCAR guys trying their luck at the “roval” in Charlotte and the Formula 1 kids are in Russia. For Carson Wentz related reasons, the Eagles will be on TV here in Grand Forks. It should be an entertaining way to put the last couple week’s of the Phillies season behind me and get warmed up for the start of Australia’s summer cricket season on October 7.

Despite the packed schedule, I’m leaving a little time for short list of quick hits and varia:

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