Peter B Gilkey
202 Deady Hall,1-541-346-4717 (office phone) 1-541-346-0987 (fax) email: gilkey@uoregon.edu
Mathematics Department, University of Oregon, Eugene Oregon 97403 USA

Did I Miss Anything?

Nothing. When we realized you weren't here we sat with our hands folded on our desks in silence, for the full two hours

Everything. I gave an exam worth 40 percent of the grade for this term and assigned some reading due today on which I'm about to hand out a quiz worth 50 percent

Nothing. None of the content of this course has value or meaning Take as many days off as you like: any activities we undertake as a class I assure you will not matter either to you or me and are without purpose

Everything. A few minutes after we began last time a shaft of light suddenly descended and an angel or other heavenly being appeared and revealed to us what each woman or man must do to attain divine wisdom in this life and the hereafter. This is the last time the class will meet before we disperse to bring the good news to all people on earth.

Nothing. When you are not present how could something significant occur?

Everything. Contained in this classroom is a microcosm of human experience assembled for you to query and examine and ponder This is not the only place such an opportunity has been gathered but it was one place And you weren't here

Tom Wayman (1945--)


To rest on the blue of the day, like an eagle rests on the wind, over the cold range, confident on its wings and its breadth.


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