Writing Thoughts

Writing a novel (yes, another)…

I recently discovered trivia night at one of our local bars in town and the timing couldn’t be better. Many years ago, I read an essay by Orhan Pamuk, a Turkish writer. He talked about the loneliness of the writer’s life. In the … Read More >>

Madison Monday

Madison Monday: Six Courses…

Caprese-style bruschetta Coming back from Paris wasn’t easy. As a friend said, you can leave Paris, but Paris never leaves you. I haven’t written much about going to Paris because I’m afraid to wrap words around it. It feels … Read More >>

Sociological Thoughts

Sociological fatigue…

I’ve been teaching sociology for over ten years now, mostly in the same place, and I think it’s okay to admit at this point that I am tired. Which is not to say that I’m quite ready to go find something else to do, but tired enough to … Read More >>

Mindful Thoughts

Go away so I can think, already

Depending on how you count it, it’s week two of my sabbatical and I’m currently sitting in my writing chair, trying to fend off the cat who feels she is much more worthy of my lap than this computer. Some days, I think she’s probably right. During the first week … Read More >>

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Family Thoughts

Sanibel beach

Week of Winter Walking: Day Seven

As promised, Day Seven in my Week of Winter Walking takes us to sunnier climates, where my mom and dad are walking the beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida.  Most years, I'm down there with them, but due to irreconcilable differences in spring break schedules (our … Read More >>

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Nature Thoughts

Cold curried yellow squash soup

What I cooked in June

June is the month of waiting in the garden, at least for me. The show-stoppers of summer vegetables--tomatoes and sweet corn--have largely not yet arrived. I spend a lot of time pacing the garden, looking for signs of the first ripe tomato. In the meantime, there's … Read More >>

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Sociological Thoughts

Sociological fatigue

I’ve been teaching sociology for over ten years now, mostly in the same place, and I think it’s okay to admit at this point that I am tired. Which is not to say that I’m quite ready to go find something else to do, but tired enough to ask, what is it exactly that … Read More >>

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Pop Culture Thoughts

Star Trek: The Next Generation turns 30 and this means I am old

Star Trek: The Next Generation premiered on this day, 30 years ago. Yep, thirty years. Which means I was thirteen when I watched the first episode and that I am quite old now. Let me reflect a bit on exactly how old I am. When Star Trek: TNG first aired, I was … Read More >>

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Random Thoughts

The Great Macaron Experiment: Prologue

So there's life before you've tasted a macaron and life after you've tasted a macaron. I discovered this last November in Savannah, which seems an entirely appropriate place to cross the great macaron divide. I had heard talk of macarons, mostly from folks in big … Read More >>

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Writing Thoughts

She/He/They/Me Cover Reveal and Dear Mr. Henshaw

Yesterday I got to share the amazing cover for SHE/HE/THEY/ME with the world. It is a thing of beauty! And, both the title and the subtitle rhyme, which makes me so, so happy. Like, verifiably happy. I read once that the sound of an alliteration (like, say, the … Read More >>

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Bookish Thoughts

National Poetry Month: Day 13

! An Angry Poem About Peace by Michael Shepherd   This is an angry poem. About those weasel phrases which blow like paper in the street going nowhere, hiding truth, helping us to deceive ourselves. 'The pee-yus pro-sayus' - say it in the Irish … Read More >>

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Madison Monday

Madison Monday: Stained-glass windows

Living in an old house in downtown Madison is a porous sort of way to live. The boundaries between you and the rest of the world are leaky. The outside seeps in and your inside drifts out. This can be good or bad. It’s bad when the screaming argument on the street … Read More >>

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Madison Monday: Six Courses

Caprese-style bruschetta Coming back from Paris wasn’t easy. As a friend said, you can leave Paris, but Paris never leaves you. I haven’t … Read More >>

Writing a novel (yes, another) and the beauty of trivia night

I recently discovered trivia night at one of our local bars in town and the timing couldn’t be better. Many years ago, I read an essay by Orhan … Read More >>

Madison Monday: Stained-glass windows

Living in an old house in downtown Madison is a porous sort of way to live. The boundaries between you and the rest of the world are leaky. The … Read More >>

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