Writing Thoughts

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About “The River…

A little bit about my story at WhiskeyPaper, "The River Fell." Fast Facts First draft written: September 2014 Number of drafts written: 2-3 Number of rejections: 0 From submission to publication: 3 months The … Read More >>

Sociological Thoughts

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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

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Book Review: The Open Road…

The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, by Pico Iyer, is not a biography. It’s not a treatise on Tibetan Buddhism or an examination of the political situation of Tibet as a nation. Pico Iyer is a travel writer, … Read More >>

Madison Monday

605 Grille

Madison Monday: the last night at the 605

The making of a community is no easy thing. The best attempts often fail. You can understand exactly what makes a good community and spend large portions of your life studying just that and still not know how to make it happen yourself. A good community is a rare … 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

tired cat

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

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A Sunday without football is…

A Sunday without football is almost not a Sunday at all. Oh, sure, the sun comes up. You have your coffee. Maybe even a little treat, like orange rolls fresh from the oven. But there's no pre-game shows. No GameDay Morning. No Rich Eisen and Steve Mariucci. … Read More >>

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Random Thoughts

Fried okra and pickles at Firefly

Key West, Thursday

Some good things we've eaten (and drank) so far: - Everything at 2 Cent, but especially the caramelized brussel sprouts with pecans and cranberries. Also, some roasted peppers in a balsamic reduction. Simple, but delicious. This is our second time here, both … Read More >>

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Writing Thoughts

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iTunes and the Block

I've never been much of a believer in writer's block. Like Neil Gaiman himself, I always have several projects going at once. If I find myself struggling with one project, I move to another for a while. It's a scattered kind of approach and I know it would drive … Read More >>

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Bookish Thoughts

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Books I read in May

As some of you may know, my husband left for nine days in Ireland and Scotland in May. So in addition to binge-watching two and a half seasons of Orphan Black, I also did a lot of reading. I read at least sixteen books in May. It's hard to tell on Goodreads, … Read More >>

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Mindful Thoughts

house finch

Noticing

This  morning, I deleted Twitter and Facebook from everywhere but my computer. Off of my phone that goes with me everywhere. Off my iPad, which I check every time I walk by where it usually sits on a table in the kitchen. I have pushed myself back … Read More >>

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