Some events are best experienced up close. A kiss, for example. Others are best experienced at a distance. Blog descriptions of the past three weeks in U.S. politics, for example. Only the repeal of DADT made the regular German TV news. The U.S. looks different from across the pond. (More)

First our thanks to last week’s guest lecturer. Professor of Bathtublueberrywhisperology addisnana offered a three-part series on change, with Vision and Change on Thursday, Vision, Empowerment and Creativity on Friday, and How Much, How Fast on Saturday. It was an excellent series and is well worth reading if you missed it.

This week the resident faculty return to campus. On Tuesday we reprise the solstice debut of BPI’s roving correspondent, the Squirrel. For the rest of the week, we will offer reflections from afar on events of the past three weeks. As always, Chef will offer coffee and bagels and the Professor of Astrology Janitor will honor his cleaners and buffer.

Note: We have many openings to contribute at BPI. In addition to Wednesday openings for Morning Feature at 7am (all times ET), we offer our campus soapbox Furthermore! on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays at 10am, our people-watching series Midday Matinee each afternoon at 2pm, and our environmental series Our Earth each evening at 7pm. We may also add another evening series starting in January. If you are already an Author, you can find a complete list of categories and openings in the Authors Notepad in your Dorm Room. To reserve a slot, please type in your user name, topic, and the date you want. I will delete your note when I add you to our Schedule. If you are not an Author and would like to contribute at BPI, please contact the BPI Webmistress.

Also: Please share your stories of offline political activism in Things We Did This Week.

Meanwhile, the resident faculty hope the staff remembered to reconnect the hot tub faculty lounge for their weekly game where the underwear goes flying planning conference. The resident faculty also hope the Professor of Astrology Janitor cleaned up any traces of wild parties student study groups.

Not that the resident faculty have much planning to do. There will be no lecture series this week, in honor of the winter holidays. But they will probably have more thoughts about Germany, and about how the U.S. looks from Germany, as discussed in the German media and in conversations with Fritz, our archetypal ordinary German. We also expect a special gift later in the week, as the BPI Department of Pseudoarcheology unearthed a blog discussion of the first Christmas.

In the meantime, we hope for clear skies and courteous TSA employees.

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Happy Monday!