Living in a Material World But Thinking, Too
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by CRGardenJoe
6d ago
Dr. William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic studies and Director of the Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology and DePaul University in Chicago, speaking with a small group of staff and faculty in the McAuley Penthouse, Feb. 15. When a journalist writes about a speech, ideally, they should do their story the same day. They should look at their notes while they’re still fresh, when new memory can help fill in the gaps, when their recollections haven’t been dulled by the fuzzy lens of time. Well, I’m not living in an ideal world. Dr. William Cavanaugh, professor of Catholic stu ..read more
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Message of ICMA 2024: Seize Your Opportunities
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by CRGardenJoe
2w ago
Scene in downtown Des Moines as ICMA advisors walks to lunch break. Warm, sunny day in Des Moines. Well, thank you, Iowa College Media Association. This year, at its 2024 convention Feb. 8, the organization gave me the Eighmey Award, its highest honor for a person who supports student media at Iowa colleges and universities. It’s sweet to receive the award that is voted on by ICMA members—professors and advisors in media at many of Iowa’s colleges, community colleges and universities. It was a heartwarming moment for me, and I appreciate the recognition from my peers. Image make in journalism ..read more
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A Gift of a Stick for my Lovely Lady
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by CRGardenJoe
3w ago
Jan. 31, 2024–Hawk approaches Warde Hall, with stick in beak. OK, I’m anthropomorphizing rather hard here. Hawks ain’t folk. But there is an annual domestic show playing out where I work, and it’s lovely to see. After an arctic blast was followed by wet, grey weather, it was nice on the last day of January to see some sunshine. It was midday, I was strolling back to my office from class, taking the overland, rather than tunnel, route. And I noticed one of our resident hawks wheeling about, flying between Warde Hall and the lower campus apartments. It then headed off westward, landing in a tall ..read more
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MMU MLK Breakfast Preaches Importance of Speaking
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by CRGardenJoe
1M ago
Dr. Charles Martin-Stanley II, Mount Mercy director of diversity, equity and inclusivity, delivers the keynote speech at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast, hosted by MMU’s Black Student Union. The message shared this morning, Jan. 15, 2024, resonated with me. I’m teaching CO 101: Oral Communication this January term, and I invited my students to attend the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast, sponsored by the Mount Mercy University Black Student Union. In a line taken from King, the theme was “Silence is Violence,” a reminder that prejudice unchallenged can be prejudice norm ..read more
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Moving from Drought to Deluge to Arctic Blast
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1M ago
Jan. 5–Yes, this is what the first week of the year looked like. Morning at Mount Mercy University campus.Jan. 9–I have just finish clearing my own driveway, looking down the street to a neighbor engaged in this week’s Iowa “leisure” activity. The scenery has indeed undergone a dramatic change. Well, you can’t say weather in Iowa isn’t interesting. Last year, 2023, was one of the warmest and driest on record (not tops in either category, but very warm and very dry). As the year ended, weirdly unseasonably warm weather seemed the new norm. We had a warm and wet Christmas—instead of snowflakes ..read more
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Finally Enjoying Some Winter Play
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by CRGardenJoe
2M ago
Dec. 28–It didn’t add up to inches and inches, but snow fell most of the day Thursday. Not a white Christmas, but white during the Christmas season. An 8-year-old grandson was interested in shopping for a Christmas gift for his mom. So, we took him to Target, and at first had the same problem a grandparent almost always has when shopping with a young grandchild. It seemed that mom would want items, many Pokémon-related, that seemed to have more appeal for the child than the parent. Yet, when he settled on a gift, it was very sweet, because it was one he certainly could use himself, but that he ..read more
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Surviving the Pandemic Part 5: I Get Sick
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by CRGardenJoe
3M ago
November 2023 data from World Health Organization, global pandemic deaths. At least, for now, things have changed for the better. I’ve written about COVID-19 multiple times, which is hardy a surprise. It’s the event that defines much of our recent history, for good and for bad. We seem to forget one reason Donald Trump was not reelected in 2020 was his wacky, inconsistent response to the onset of this pandemic, which put the country in a bad mood that year—bad moods are never good news for sitting presidents. Anyway, my first pandemic post, in March 2020, was written in San Francisco. We had p ..read more
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A Walk in the Woods, Doubled
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by CRGardenJoe
3M ago
Nov. 18–Saturday walk in Dry Creek.Nov. 18–Grassy stretch of Grant Wood Trail. Rain was forecast this morning, but unfortunately, we only got sprinkles. I live in Iowa, not a desert, but we’re very dry this year. If we’re lucky, we’ll get some moisture this fall before the ground freezes—our soil needs it after a dry summer. But drought does have its advantages. And at least we’re deep into fall now, so the plants are mostly hunkered down for the coming winter and aren’t using a lot of water. We were watching four siblings this weekend, three granddaughters and a grandson, while their parents ..read more
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Will We Run Out of Students to Teach?
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by CRGardenJoe
3M ago
Dr. Richard Barrett, associate professor of political science, at a Fall Faculty Series “medication” on the future of education Nov. 14, 2023. Well, I won’t. Run out of students in the future. I’m a year and a half away from retiring. But I hope Mount Mercy University, and higher education in our culture in general, continues to improve lives and contribute to society. Because, despite attacks on higher education, they do. Having a more educated body politic improves democracy, society, parenting, creativity—life in general. We—colleges—are often measured by purely economic matrices, whether a ..read more
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Feeling Fine While Contemplating Death
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4M ago
Nov. 3–Ginkgo Tree in my backyard, one of the few leafs still clinging there. For those leafs, its the end of the line. How are you doing? Thought about death lately? In the recent movie “Barbie,” one sign that the title character is facing a crisis is irrepressible thoughts of death, which, it turns out, are leaking into Barbieland from a sad mom, a Mattel employee, in the real world. And this is a season to contemplate mortality. We’ve just had Halloween, a holiday whose name comes from All Hallows Eve. In the Catholic Church, that’s a reference to All Saints Day, a holy day on Nov. 1 that r ..read more
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