Early on as a blogger, I established some policies about blogging that I have mostly stuck to and may explain why I have not blogged as regularly as I have in the past few years:
Don’t relay confidential information; keep certain things private.
Don’t insult people; do no harm.
Don’t blog when it is forced.
Don’t write when you are angry or sad or depressed or overly irritated.
Respect the privacy of one’s own family, friends and personal issues.
Remember: you are a University Chair and Professor, and must be circumspect about everything you write.
Even with those guidelines, I still have a lot of fun with this blog, and plan to continue doing so for the rest of my life. The regularity of these posts will ebb and flow, but trust that when I no longer am a Chair or Professor, I will have more time (so I think) and freedom to blog. I can’t wait. Speaking of which:
I have just signed a “Pathway to Retirement” outlining plans for my retiring from UCLA effective July 1, 2013. The document has been signed by the Dean, and then needs to be signed by the Vice Chancellor. Then, effective, July 1, 2011, I will no longer be Chair; and on July 1, 2013 I will retire as a professor from UCLA.
And rather than entering into a lame duck phase, I find myself cherishing each day and interaction at school, knowing that those days are numbered. I will have taught for thirty years, and if I live another 10-20-30-40 years beyond age 60, I have a whole new life ahead. One fantasizes about the possibilities. All this has been on my mind for a long time, and I have not been ready to share it with my readers until today.
So, that’s my news, and I feel very good about it.