My ideal day would involve having a quiet space where I can read a novel or a few good poems; the time to play or listen to music; cooking a dinner with my wife that we then share with family and close friends. There are many other desirable things I could wish for in a day, but these are at the top of my list.
I don’t think I can identify a single book I would truly favor above all others, though there are those I go back to time and again, whether for some beauty of phrasing, fun of the story, or unique view of the world. Whatever I am currently reading at the time seems sufficient for my satisfaction. Since, apart from academic reading for work, I read 5-20 books each month, my list is subject to change at any moment. That having been said, Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the Essays of E. B. White have for many years retained a place on my shifting list.
My favorite aspect of teaching at Multnomah may be illustrated by how I felt working construction with my father, years ago. I loved looking at the job site when we drove away at the end of our time: a house, a fireplace, a driveway … something was there that had not been before. And the same thing happens at Multnomah. I enjoy “watching the lights come on” in students’ eyes. I never get tired of being able to take part in creating something that was not there before. Whether it is an academic realization, an emotional catharsis, or a spiritual breakthrough, I love being able to see the change take place.