Class Notes

I taught my first class at the University of North Dakota yesterday: “Foundations of Educational Thought.” These graduate courses meet once a week and go just shy of three hours. I tend to scoff at the idea of “running out stuff to talk about,” but I did learn that there is a certain mental fatigue that sets in around hour two. I plan on watching very long movies (like Into Great Silence) to try and condition myself and learn the art of sustaining attention. I suppose certain liturgical rituals w … [Read more...]

Aug 18, 2012 9:00pm

Here is a rough acoustic sketch of another song for the upcoming album. It’s titled “My Heart Ain’t Got No USB.” … [Read more...]

Bus Tour Results

I’m returning from my three-day bus tour today. As critical as I tend to be, I found something here, in this rural, humble state, that I needed to rediscover: humility, hard work, hope, and real joy. I met politicians, real politicians, who melted some of my cynical assumptions about the efficacy of politics. I met administrators who have begun to change my rather defensive posture towards institutional life. I saw real people, people who treated me with dignity and respect, but also a … [Read more...]

Reservation Talk

Greetings from North Dakota! I’m on my second day of a triduum bus tour of the state, sponsored by the University of North Dakota. This morning we visited Sitting Bull College and heard lectures about the college, the Dakota and Lakota nations, and the life of Sitting Bull.One of the great blessings of my Latino ethnic heritage is that I do not suffer from white guilt, nor do I have to apologize about it. (To hear my thoughts about whiteness, race, and identity see my talk, “White H … [Read more...]

Aug 12, 2012 2:04am

Hello, from Loomes. (Next up: a three day tour of North Dakota.) (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Aug 12, 2012 2:02am

A rich page from Jacques Maritain’s “Art and Poetry.” (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Aug 9, 2012 8:01pm

I just picked up pilot drafts of a book I’m working on from the printers. We’ll be using it in my “Foundations of Educational Thought” course this semester. I am happy to share digital copies with anyone who wants to read it. Just drop me an e-mail. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Aug 9, 2012 7:35am

I’m anticipating being scarce for about a week or so. I know, I know, this tends to backfire.  Regardless, I’ve been working on the songs for the album I am going to Kickstart this October and try to record in 2013. Here is a very rough sketch of the of form for the title track, “Late to Love.” Enjoy!SR … [Read more...]

Aug 9, 2012 12:04am

Dinovolcano fruit cake. (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]

Aug 8, 2012 3:23pm

Happy Birthday, Tomas! (Taken with Instagram) … [Read more...]