For the last few days, I have not been well. So it has been impossible for me to write posts. There have been perturbing events in my life and these have triggered a rather severe episode of fatigue. In 1976, I caught a flu from which I never fully recovered. It was the onset of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Most of the time, I can manage this limitation sufficiently to write blogs and, if not assigned an unreasonable workload, it did not prevent me from being a productive university teacher. However, I did not have much of a social life. There wasn’t enough time.
My students often told me that I was the only professor who realized my course was not the only course they took. Obviously, I was pacing myself, which turned out to be helpful to my students. I also prepared my classes long before I taught them so I would always be ready. Would that I could have made better use of the internet. During the years I taught, the internet was not what it has become.
I always taught at least one language course and invited students to do the exercises contained in their textbook so I could tell whether or not they had understood. I did not give them a grade for these exercises, because it was practice. All were corrected and returned the next time I saw them. It was useful feedback and a form of communication with each student. Students who did not understand received private tutoring.
Yesterday, I started writing a blog on “Cupid and Psyche,” a “digression” in Apuleius‘ Golden Ass, but I could not finish it. It will have to be more concise.
Love to all of you.
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