We're baaaaaack…

So sorry we dropped off the planet there for about 10 days. Somewhere around the 15th of December LLU was hacked. Oh my.

~Our stats page reveals all~

Many thanks to our faithful readers who noticed something was wrong and let us know. Many thanks and snaps to Ryan for several days of chatting with Bluehost and for paring down the backup version of the blog’s database from the 500MB bloat-o-rama it had become into to something a bit more lean and hungry.

And soon…Ryan will be migrating this baby over to WordPress 2.7 and a new theme. Say goodbye to the scary snout (her name is Large Marge and she loved every moment of the last three years of gracing our blog, but its time for her to go) and get ready for something a little more upbeat.

Oh my. We have just finished three years in the blogosphere. I know that isn’t a lot when compared to others…but for the brief instant when I realized suddenly the blog potentially — wasn’t — it was sorta scary. A body of work, a bunch of people’s combined work, was only as good as its most recent back-up. (Note to all: Back up your work, folks, early and often)

So here we go (again)… new year, new tools, new thoughts, new dogs… still unleashed.


Barbara is a Lecturer in Hispanic Studies at a small liberal arts college in Maine. Rumor has it this was also her alma mater. She used to work for a small liberal arts college in the cornfields of Ohio for almost 20 years as a teacher and language center director. Prior to these adventures in higher ed she taught high school Spanish and loved it. She wishes she had more time in her life to play with her dogs, write, read, swim, do yoga things and making stuff out of clay. To see her online portfolio please click here!

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  1. Laura Franklin · January 21, 2009 Reply

    I was so glad to read this message, because LLU is just the kind of community our profession sorely needs. This is one spectacular way for new and not so new teachers to interact with colleagues about the issues we have in common- particularly how to teach using all these sweet tools and as important, how to use the right instructional strategies to go with them. You made my day, although it is hard to outdo yesterday. (January 20)



    Laura Franklin
    Conference Chair, Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages 2009

    • bsawhill · February 3, 2009 Reply


      How incredibly kind of you… we are delighted that you find out site so useful.
      But do me a favor…keep coming back, keep poking at us, keep after us to keep eiting about the stuff that matters!



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