I heard someone say this week that at every meeting she attends now, it seems that somebody is tired or angry (and expresses it) or both. Indeed, it is a time of year when so many people are running on fumes or low energy. Every year at this time I remind myself of that. It's partially the result of so much hard work for so long. So many things just have to be finished before the end of the semester and commencement. So I also try to create a blame-free zone wherever I go -- to give people a little more understanding, to give them a safe place to vent if necessary, and then to do what I can to help. Nothing wrong with admitting we're a bit tired. So let's name it and do our best.