This is me trying to write

The Importance of Feedback

First off, this is not the kind of post that complains about a faculty member who doesn’t get back with feedback soon enough. I don’t work with faculty who are like that for one, and the other is that there are better places to air such grievances besides a blog that no one reads. More […]

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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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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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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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An onion sits on top of the box for Occipital's Structure Sensor

Frustrations and setbacks

Allan Sherman was one of the most important musical comedians of the 20th century. He’s probably best known for that “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” bit, but he did a lot of work, including a lot of television work, despite the fact that he didn’t believe he had much of a voice at all. The story […]

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A pond with fountain in the background and ducks in the foreground, near the shore

“…and what have you done?”

So…Happy Christmas. There are really two ways to handle holidays–any holidays–of larger social significance. I’m not talking about National Pancake Day, although that holiday is awesome and should totally get more play. I’m talking the kinds of holidays that get folks the day off: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day, etc. St. Patrick’s day is a […]

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