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LDOC, Mraz and cosmic forces

I love Last Day of Classes. I realize that this is neither a thrilling opening line nor a particularly unique perspective. I mean, let's be honest: Who at Duke doesn't love a day devoted to...


Betting with the Devil

It would be easy to hate Doug Kim. In early August, Kim placed an impressive seventh in the Main Event of the 2006 World Series of Poker. Not bad for a first-timer who qualified online just days...


Five days a week

Duke is at a crossroads." A friend of mine said those words to me the other day in the midst of a discussion about the upcoming semester, and I can't think of a more appropriate way to describe the...


Being Miss Universe

TRANG, Thailand - I am Miss Universe. Not really, of course, but to several of my Thai students I am. While I was teaching a class of seventh-graders Tuesday, all of the little boys kept...


Understanding Incongruities

TRANG, Thailand-Thailand is a puzzle. A very complicated puzzle. Everything fits together perfectly; every sight, sound and smell. Yet if you were to pull apart the puzzle and try to put it back...


Language 101

My mother is fustian. She likes to use big words-flamboyent words, dramatic words. The truth is, however, that she sometimes gets her words wrong. Don't get me wrong, she is a brilliant woman....

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