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For the last three days, as I’ve faced my computer in my office, I’ve heard this insistent tapping at the windows in front of me; dozens of hornets buzzed outside, looking for ways in. A couple each day succeeded, sending me in search of campus maintenance, as I’m fairly seriously allergic to all sorts of flying, stinging insects. But even when they were safely outside, something about that tap tap tap, just barely above the level of my hearing, really had me on edge — a much too literal manifestation, I think, of the swarming demands currently begging for my attention.


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