There's a terrific, Charlie-Brown-Christmas themed Grand Rounds over at Nurse Ratched's Place. I'm delighted to be included!
In less happy news, today my car was towed to the garage, which reports that although the wheel and tire are fine, I need a new axle and two other parts: a control arm and some kind of link, I believe (I've misplaced my notes). The estimated bill comes to just under $1,000, which -- conveniently enough -- is my collision deductible. Gack. Merry Christmas! Oh well. At least AAA towed me for free, since the car really was damaged. Also, the tow-truck guy was very nice: talked about working eight extra hours on Saturday because of all the pile-ups (there was at least one fatality) and then admired the cats, which is a surefire way to get in good around here. His sister lives on a ranch and has forty-eight cats: all spayed and neutered, all named. Her ranch doesn't have rats, mice, or snakes. Go, cats!
Extremely faithful readers may remember that I was scheduled to teach a graduate seminar on "Fantasy and Trauma" this spring. Alas, only one person enrolled, so the class has been canceled. I'm disappointed, but I'll be teaching a section of "Women and Literature" instead, and that should be fun. I've decided to focus on liminality, on women navigating barriers and boundaries -- cultural, economic, psychological, medical -- in six non-fiction texts:
Terry Tempest Williams, Refuge
Anne Fadiman, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
Alexa Albert, Brothel
Barbara Ehrenreich, Nickel and Dimed
Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle
Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking
The Didion's the only one I haven't read yet. Since the book's about her sudden, devastating widowhood (and her daughter's illness, which turned out to be terminal), it may be very heavy sledding as the last book in the course. So I may either change the order or substitute another text. But for now, this seems workable.
Meanwhile, I drafted two new ED sonnets today, but I want to smooth them out a bit before I post them. That will probably happen sometime tomorrow. I've been very gratified by the positive comments I've gotten. Thanks, everybody!