Winter beats fall beats spring beats summer

Fall is my favorite time of year because, as my friend Renae used to say, “it’s as far away from summer as you can get.” Summer, with all its exposed skin and humidity and guilt over going to bed when the sun’s still up. Fall by comparison is the time of new beginnings. New pencils, new folders, new resolve to stay ahead of the reading.

As classes gear up, my advice to faculty and students all across America from preschool to PhD is the same: show up. Wear comfortable shoes. Be nice to your neighbor. Pack a lunch. Listen when someone else is speaking. Try not to cry. Hydrate.

I can’t wait to meet my new students on Tuesday!


  1. ken says:

    Sounds like a pretty good philosophy for life not just classes gearing up.

  2. erin flanagan says:


  3. Renae says:

    Ha. I forgot about that, but I totally stand by it. The forecast promises low 70s by the weekend. All will be right with the world then.

  4. erin flanagan says:

    I ran into another summer-hater yesterday and she was giddy about the weekend forecast! I keep hoping global warming is going to switch to our favor and it will start snowing in July.

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