August 24 Day 534: Letting Go

Zachary, my youngest son, is off at Opening Days for his first-year college experience. When his brother Anson leaves for his senior year at college in two weeks, Mark and I will officially be empty nesters. I have conflicting feelings about all of it. For my children, I am so excited for their adventures toContinue reading “August 24 Day 534: Letting Go”

March 13 Day 370: Celebrate with Friends

It was a glorious day. I spent the afternoon with my husband Mark and friends Sue and Paul. We celebrated my birthday, which is officially tomorrow. Yes, I am a particularly lucky mathematician to have a birthday on Pi Day. We shared lunch at a charming bistro Citron, in Parkland, checked out the Russian marketContinue reading “March 13 Day 370: Celebrate with Friends”

March 3 Day 360: Success!

Sometimes, things work out better than imagined. Now that the talk has been given, I am a Desmos Teacher convert. So much so, that I am wondering how to incorporate it into future talks (and classrooms activities) when we return to in-person interactions. The planned activities went smoothly. Each person individually selected an item thatContinue reading “March 3 Day 360: Success!”

February 20 Day 349: Florida Celebration

I want to give a shout out to all of the executive officers in the MAA Florida section meeting. They were the test subjects for all the virtual spring MAA section meetings to come. The background. The pandemic has stressed everyone. Several members of the FL MAA executive committee resigned this year because they didContinue reading “February 20 Day 349: Florida Celebration”

February 2 Day 331: Uplifting Moment

Dr. Talithia Williams, Happy Birthday. I was lucky enough to be talking with a mutual friend today and obtain the secret code to your birthday zoom. What a wonderful occasion! I know you as an inspiring speaker, teacher, mathematician, and statistician. To see you through the eyes of others was wondrous. Unapologetically yourself. Spiritual. Loyal.Continue reading “February 2 Day 331: Uplifting Moment”

December 24 Day 291: Not a Creature was Stirring

The dinner dishes are washed and it’s finally time to wrap the meager presents I have accumulated for my family this Christmas. I did not do much shopping and half the things I ordered online have yet to arrive. There are stockings to fill, pictures of coming gifts to print, and presents to wrap. IContinue reading “December 24 Day 291: Not a Creature was Stirring”

December 19 Day 286: By the Numbers

286: The number of days since the University of Washington system suspended face-to-face classes on all three campuses to address concerns around a novel and rapidly spreading coronavirus. 200: The number of posts I have made to Math in the Time of Corona at this time—essentially one per day for two quarters with a summerContinue reading “December 19 Day 286: By the Numbers”

November 25 Day 262: Yahoo!

I finished teaching my second Wednesday class (at 5:40 pm) and tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I feel like the weight of the world had been lifted from my shoulders. In a few minutes, we will be driving to SEATAC airport to retrieve our oldest—after surviving the COVID Autumn semester and completing final exams at St. OlafContinue reading “November 25 Day 262: Yahoo!”

May 17 Day 70: Small Celebrations

Sometimes I need to celebrate little things. Rather than rising early to start work, I stayed snuggled under my covers and began grading. Finishing the first of three Matrix Algebra assignments before ever getting up, pushed away the gloom and burden of grading—tricking me into feeling optimistic about work for the rest of the day.Continue reading “May 17 Day 70: Small Celebrations”

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