Although this is a personal blog, I don't put a lot of my personal life here. It is typically a place for my thoughts and ideas about what's happening out in the Edusphere and a bit about my working life. But things have been rather quiet around these parts as aspects of my personal life are demanding more of my time.
Some of you know that in February, my mother was diagnosed with brain cancer. The tumor is about the size of a baseball. Its location did not make surgery a possibility. Chemotherapy was attempted, but left her so immune compromised that she can never have any more chemo. Radiation is also suspended unless her bone marrow becomes functional again and health improves. In the meantime, the tumor will continue to grow and take away her brain function.
In between dealing with this situation on a mainly long-distance basis (I have just made a trip to visit and will do so again next month, if she is with us), trying to keep up at work, and wrapping up my doctoral study, I haven't had a lot of headspace leftover for the blog. However, that hasn't kept me from marking things in Google Reader to comment upon or ended my interactions with teachers around grading practices and other things. It's just slowed them down. I hope you'll stick around.