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Friday, May 8, 2009


This is the third office move in 20 years! Four years ago, I moved across the office suite to a bigger office, when we merged the departments. No big deal. Got me out of my comfort zone, and that's good.

20 years ago, I packed my office at OSU after four years teaching there, and that was depressing, once it became almost vacant of my stuff.

This move isn't depressing, but interesting from a detached journalistic view, after 19 years in the same southwest corner upstairs in the Communications Building at UCO. I don't officially move till July 31, and I'll keep my phone number, but there are some complicated emotions running deep. We'll see how they progress. I've heard that in terms of stress, moving ranks about number three after the death of a loved one and divorce. I do intend to be moved by sometime in June, so the the department and new chair Dr. Roz Miller can make other changes to get ready for fall.

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