Posted on August 24, 2022
Dr. Anne Wallace has been with the English Department for many years. She has served in various administrative positions, and was Department Head from 2005-14. Her field of speciality is 19th century British Literature. Dr. Wallace will be retiring soon and will be greatly missed by all in the English Department.
Morning—when the light first comes up, the sky is changing color, the first birds are singing, and the coffee is almost done. Well, maybe after the coffee is done!
Holy mackerel. You want me to choose??
Nature’s surprises: a fox strolling through my backyard, or a crop of beautiful sun-yellow mushrooms, like small flower petals, growing up through my deck. (Yes, I know, I’ll have to fix that!)
My partner Tony
I’m hot-tempered. At least I hope not too many people know this!
Loving people, sunlight, words
Window—only now, I usually want aisle (because, pandemic)
Trying to find my next TV show obsession
Many years ago a friend who was moving his father’s small yacht asked me and two other friends to come with him on the voyage from the San Juan Islands to Ketchikan, Alaska. I still can’t believe I said yes. We damn near died in the Johnson Straits, and only then did he reveal that he had never “captained” a boat before and couldn’t read charts. It was (in the end) a marvelous experience.
Expressive, cheerful, serious
Ukrainian courage and endurance
Using the word “unique” to describe things that are not actually unique
I don’t actually have a playlist, but recently we’ve been listening a lot to the New Orleans-inspired soundtrack from the 1980s film “The Big Easy.”
I don’t play board games much, but I’ll tell you my youngest grandson’s favorite: “Oregon Trail.” The point is to stay alive longer than the other travelers. I usually die of something hideous pretty early on.
I re-read Hometown Appetites, a biography of the magnificently named Clementine Paddleford, who was born and raised in Kansas. She was a very influential food-journalist in the first half of the 20th century—mostly forgotten today, though she paved the way for our TV chefs and foodies. Recipes included!
A great ballet dancer, any gender, to feel what it’s like to inhabit such an exceptional melding of physical and artistic capabilities
Oh, so many…anything by Pynchon? but I’ll choose in field: Thomas Carlyle’s The French Revolution
It wouldn’t have done me any good. I wouldn’t have believed it.
I refuse to answer on the ground it may tend to incriminate me.
I can’t answer this, surprisingly! The real cities are fabulous enough for me.
Nope, can’t do it. I love to eat. I can’t choose.
A mixture of Snyder’s Pretzel Snaps and Kirkland Super Extra-Large Extra-Crunchy Virginia Peanuts
See #18 above.
Umm, can’t answer—don’t listen to music in this way, I guess
I’d like to turn back the clock on climate change. But we’d only do it again, I’m afraid.
At this point in my life I am focused on what I do want to be doing then!
To me? I got to spend time with my daughter and her family for the first time since December 2019.
Whichever Pink Panther movie in which Inspector Clouseau says, “I have fixed your phone from the ringing”—but any Pink Panther movie will do
Refill my bird baths and watch the lovely creatures enjoy the water
Oh no, you’re not tricking me into this one!
I was pretty clueless. Under consideration at the time: ecologist, chef, jockey, poet, astronaut.
Something invisible: the times when people at UNCG or in the wider profession have turned to me for help, and I’ve had a chance to try to help them. That they would come to me with trust is the achievement.
The everyday camaraderie that (usually) prevails
Understanding this next part of my life, making it fruitful as well as enjoyable
See #40 above.
Study! and enjoy.