Ticks, Ticks, Boom

I am overly concerned because we found an enormous tick on Knightley this weekend. It was awful. I cannot get that image out of my head. North Carolina is a beautiful place, but the downside to all of those hardwood forests is that there is an insane number of ticks roaming around this place. These are ticks of all different breeds, many of which carry awful diseases like Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. After today, Knightley will be wearing a tick collar, because it is obvious that the flea and tick preventative that we are using just isn’t strong enough. We will also be spraying the yard.

In other distressing, unrelated news, I read this article in the New York Times today about plagiarism and today’s college students. I could go on and on about the many ways that the Internet has been both a blessing and the curse to research, but the easiness of cutting and pasting without attribution is certainly one curse. Of course, the question is whether it is the loosening of definitions of academic honesty that is the cause of this or whether the technology itself enables the disintegration of ethical standards. Either way, I once again have to shake my head and simply declare, “These kids today,” in my most authoritative, elderly voice.

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