About dsimpson@carrollu.edu

Professor of Psychology, Carroll University (USA). Love reading, learning, teaching, dogs. Longstanding interest in computer-mediated communication and learning tools. Increasing interest in global outreach and learning from others abroad. So much yet to learn and to share. Rapidly approaching retirement decision. Love to hear from you!

A New Year of Learning

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    It has been an interesting number of learning years since when I studied Latin at Howland High School in Warren, Ohio. I’ve outlived many of my best teachers but am continually blessed with opportunities to learn from and with … Continue reading

I fell off the NET again—and enjoyed every minute.

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Reading with the Newf

After last semester I pretty much dropped off the Net for a couple of months (due to an unreliable home networking situation) and spent time reading printed books, hard copies of magazine subscriptions and paper newspapers. I highly recommend it. I am convinced that online reading is a different experience. I look forward to reading Naomi Baron’s latest thoughts on this.

Here are books I found well worth my having read:

  1. Michel Faber’s The Book of Strange New Thingspraised by several of my favorite contemporary authors David Mitchell, Philip Pullman, and Yann Martel.
  2. John Scalzi’s Lock In: A Novel of the Near Future.
  3. David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks.
  4. Cory Doctorow’s Information Doesn’t Want to Be Free: Laws for the Internet Age.
  5. Gabriella Coleman’s Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous
  6. Andy Weir’s The Martian

I presently am finishing Meg Wolitzer’s The Interestings and am looking forward to reading Ann Morgan‘s The World Between Two Covers: Reading the Globe when it becomes available in the US in May 2015. Before then I plan to read Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven.

Tomorrow, after my classes, I’ll invite my students into my office to take any books I have read. It always pleases me to see them walk off excitedly with some pleasure reading.

What books do you recommend that I read? That I encourage my students to read?

A Busy Nine Years for the Newf

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Robin the Newf owns the couch.

Robin the Newf owns the couch.

Patiently waiting for Saint Nick.

Patiently waiting for Saint Nick.

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Rudolph’s Backup

Bewitched

Bewitched

The Devil Made Me Do It!

The Devil Made Me Do It!

Harley Newf

Harley Newf

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FETCH

Rapping with the Pink Biped Who Feeds Me

Rapping with the Pink Biped Who Feeds Me

Reading Together

Reading Together

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Discussing Where Newfoundland Is…

Time's "Person" of the Year

Time’s “Person” of the Year

Identity Confusion

Identity Confusion

Canine Grading Assistant

Always Contemplative

Always Contemplative

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Newf Ball

Who SAYS I bat like a girl?

Who SAYS I bat like a girl?

Managing the North Lake Newf team

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Meeting Three-Year-Old Annie