Sunday, May 3, 2009

RIP 2008-2009

Another school-year bites the dust.  All in all, this was a good semester here in Lexington – we found a new dean, an (expensive) new basketball coach, and I finally got this paper out into the world.  Yet, looking back, there were still a number of disappointments.  One thing that remains particularly unsatisfying is my final property class of the semester.  I still haven’t figured out how to end class in a coherent and meaningful way.  At UK, the final property class is the last class of the year for 1Ls, so I feel a particular obligation to end with something snazzy.  Other than stealing Al’s wonderful closing bit on landscape art, do the profs out there have any advice for a good closer?  A fun quiz, perhaps? An interpretive dance?

And, speaking of endings, I'm off tomorrow on a long-belated honeymoon, so my fun here has to stop.  Thanks again to Ben and Al for the opportunity to guest-blog during the last few weeks.

Steve Clowney

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I always end class with a poem of sorts, the words of Don Quixote from the play, Man of La Mancha:

"Call nothing thine, except thy soul,
Love not what thou art, only what thou may become,
Do not pursue pleasure, for thou may have the misfortune of overtaking it,
Look always forward, in last year's nests there are no birds this year."

Great advice for life from the ultimate philosopher and knight errant.

Posted by: Prof. Rick Duncan | May 5, 2009 7:45:10 AM

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