Archive for January, 2015

Cat Stevens… with apologies to Harry Chapin

Cat-Stevens-VedoVintageI always tell students to question everything and everyONE… and that includes me. I hate to be wrong (does anyone enjoy being wrong?) but sometimes I am.  I know… le’ gasp!

So… this happened…

I played the Ugly Kid Joe version of Cat’s in the Cradle in my Tue/Thu 2367 class yesterday and then spoke about the Cat Stevens version (um… does not exist, apparently). When I misspoke,  a student (H.M.) called me out on it in class (politely, mind you) and told me that it was Harry Chapin’s song. He was kind enough to follow up with an email per my request, so I wouldn’t forget to do some searching. I appreciated his information.

There are many reasons why this mistake was made by me, though that matters little. I have an old cassette tape recording that was attributed to Cat Stevens (apparently incorrectly) and when I searched online, I found ample places where his face overlaid that music in videos. Now I know that it is a common mistake.  A mistake… though… and I wanted to correct it HERE rather than just in that one HDFS 2367 course where H.M. sits.  I may have shared this info before in error and want to be sure to get that out there.  Sure, it’s a little mistake, but it was bad information and I don’t appreciate receiving bad info and don’t like disseminating it either.

Cat Stevens IS the artist that sang “Father and Son” so that part was true, and he DID change his name to Yusuf Islam… ding… another truth. But the “cat’s in the cradle” bit… clearly wroooooong.

So there you have it.

Thanks H.M.

And now, for a musical interlude…

Harry Chapin’s Cat’s in the Cradle

Ugly Kid Joe’s Cat’s in the Cradle

Original Version of  Father and Son by Cat Stevens

Live Version (More Current) of Father and Son by Cat Stevens

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Harry Chapin image found:



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Kit Yan – TONIGHT at OSU

Kit Yan

The Ohio State University Student Life Multicultural Center is very pleased to be presenting “An Evening with Kit Yan” in the US Bank Conference Theater on January 20 at 7:30 pm.

INSTRUCTOR NOTE: Because this is short notice, this is NOT an extra credit opportunity for my class, but I wanted to make you all aware of it.

Kit Yan is a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii. Kit performs entertaining and educational theatrical slam poetry pieces about his life as a queer, transgender, and Asian American through stories about family, love, and social justice. Kit has been seen on television programs such as HBO’s Asian Aloud, PBS’ Asian America and MYX TV. His recent performances include headliner at the True Colors Youth Conference, headliner at the New England Queer People of Color Conference, and the Brooklyn Museum.

Kit’s poetry has been reviewed in New York Magazine, Bitch, Curve, and Hyphen. His poetry has been taught all over the world and he has been seen on the SF Pride mainstage, National Equality March stage, the Department of Justice, and numerous international slam poetry stages. Kit’s work has been recently featured in Flicker and Spark and Troubling the Line two new queer and transgender poetry anthologies and has a forthcoming book with Transgenre Press.

This performance is free and open to the public. This special event is being presented in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

All are welcome to attend. For more information about Kit, visit his website,

Direct Link to the OSU Multicultural Center’s Posting of this event:



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Monday/Wednesday 2367 Students

As promised a few minutes ago… here you are 😉

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WELCOME: Spring 2015

Many People Thinking of QuestionsWelcome to the Spring Semester. I’m Anita Parker. Please feel free to call me Anita. I wanted to take just a moment to say hello to all new students and to answer the most frequently-asked questions that my students have sent me so far:

Do we need a book?

  • For 2367? Yes. The Second Shift. You’ll love it for its ease of reading and its low cost. Trust me… probably the least expensive text you will buy.
  • For 5440? No. I will provide all readings to you.

Do we have midterms or finals?

  • There are no midterm or final examinations in 5440 or 2367.
  • There are final projects/presentations in BOTH

Do we have quizzes?

  • Yes. All my courses include quizzes across the semester.
  • The quizzes are on Carmen and open-book/article.

I heard that you can drop us if we don’t show up to class on Monday or Tuesday this semester. Is that true? Will you do it?

  • Yes. You heard correctly.
  • No. I will not drop you.
  • Ah, but here’s the kicker: All of my classes have a mandatory attendance policy, and I take attendance. If you aren’t there, you will lose the points. It is The Ohio State University… not The Ohio State Football Factory… consequently? If the game is THAT important to you? Be prepared to lose the points and consider doing the extra credit to make up for it.

I’m on a waitlist – Can you get me in your class?

  • The university will not permit me to override if it puts the class over the fire codes. Period. They historically permitted this, but tightened up on regulations last year. I can’t do a thing about that.
  • Having said that, sometimes students drop. The best way to get a spot is to COME first class… so you have all the info in case someone drops. It shows that you are serious about the class. IF someone drops, I’ll do my best to get you in.

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The best way to succeed in my classes is to ATTEND my classes. We do a great deal of thinking and group work in class and those discussion-based activities are not something that you can “make up” at home. Please come to class! I’m looking forward to meeting you.

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