I have lots of plans for blog posts. Then I get sidetracked by something in the news. Today, as is my wont, I was reading the New York Times online and saw this headline: College in Need Closes Door To Needy Students. So I clicked and, of course, it was my college: Reed.
Reed is a school that inspires conflicted feelings. Indeed,these feelings are welling up as I type. Those who have been reading me for a while may recall that I have written on other sorts of ambivalence as well: mainly, that I have children who are as intellectually curious as I was, but that I simply cannot afford to send them to a private liberal arts college without severely affecting all of our futures. I won't go into all the details, but suffice it to say that Mr. FS (also a Reed alum, though we got together in grad school) and I together make little more than one English teacher--Robert Knapp--whose salary is mentioned in a comment.
I was comforted by the fact that my feelings are shared by some commenters: one mom
lamented, as I do, her inabilty to offer her children the same kind of education she got; others (rightly) note that you can get a great education anywhere. Read comment 114 for more details on the last.
I have a lot more to say, but I'm getting overwhelmed by those conflicting feelings mentioned above. Once again, let's retreat to the safety of numbers:
Talbots stock: $4.86
Edmund Andrews's Busted: Amazon rank 13,594
**Interesting note: my blog is mentioned in one of the comments on a review! Also, all of the 5-star reviewers have written only a single review--on this book--which suggests to me that these might be acquaintances (at least one owns up to this).
And, of immediate interest and benefit to me and mine, sugar is on sale for $1.79 for 4 pounds. Mr. FS needs some for his frugal homemade sportsdrink (for which, see his post with recipe). At least one thing is under control around here.