A big steaming bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup.

Recovery and Writing

Well, I’m home. I’ve actually been home for almost two weeks now, actually, but when you lock yourself in an aluminum tube with over 200 other humans who’ve been who knows where doing who knows what, well…fizzy tabs of vitamin C only go so far. I don’t think that I’ve been as sick as I […]

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Liquid damage evident in the opening pages of the Exeter Book

What It’s Like to Touch the Past

I know that some folks don’t quite get the attraction. Old, dusty books aren’t everyone’s bag and I get that. Old, dusty books in languages that no one speaks anymore are even worse. That’s why when I tell people that I got to work with Exeter Dean & Chapter MS 3501 last week, I usually make […]

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A post-processed photo of a bottle and a drinking horn on a wooden table

Happy New Year 2018

This is going to end up being another short post, but I at least wanted to say Happy New Year. 2016 has more than once been described as a “dumpster fire” of a year. 2017 was pretty bad, too, although most of that originates from a single source. My hope is that 2018 will be […]

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The sky as seen from the 2nd floor walkway on the south side of the Humanities Building on the UNM Campus

Onward and Upward, One Baby Step at a Time

I shouldn’t be too pleased with myself, but I guess I feel like anything I accomplish is worth some sort of celebration. I managed to write around 450 words today for the dissertation. Again, I’m ashamed of how little that is and I’m doubly ashamed of making any sort of a big deal out of […]

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The entire double-wide aisle is overflowing with pink and red boxes of chocolates for St. Valentine's Day

The Real Reason Amazon Will Win

Just take a look at the photo above. I took that photo earlier today, December 29th, at the local Kroger clone. That’s right. These folks have gone all in on St. Valentine’s Day a whole four days after Christmas. Most folks haven’t even finished the returns and exchanges process yet and we’re already getting more […]

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A Viking longship arrives in Dublin

Difficult choices

I will soon come to a point where I have to make some difficult choices about who I want to be and what I have to do to get there. It’s not going to be easy, and it’s not going to make me feel better about myself, but I’m going to have to do it […]

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Notebook-style doodles

Why can’t I write?

One of the biggest reasons why I don’t like journaling is that it seems that I just spin my wheels. It feels like I’m just sort of talking into empty space. When I talk to people, I have the opportunity to actually engage in discourse. I think differently. I seek solutions and different ways to […]

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