Writing Thoughts

Diary of a Novel: July 8…

Traveling makes me nervous. Which isn't to say I don't enjoy traveling. I do. But also the thought of stepping out of my familiar front door out into the world is also always a little bit terrifying. It always helps to carry some … Read More >>

Madison Monday

Preserving Places: The Coffee…

This is roughly the speech I gave on Friday at Preserving Places: Indiana's Statewide Historic Preservation Conference in lovely Wabash, Indiana. Great conference and a great town. I was so impressed with all the amazing things … Read More >>

Bookish Thoughts

National Poetry Month: Day 14…

A Light Exists in Spring Emily Dickinson   A Light exists in Spring Not present on the Year At any other period – When March is scarcely here A Color stands abroad On Solitary Fields That Science cannot … Read More >>

Mindful Thoughts

National Poetry Month: Day 10

A good and simple Monday morning poem from Thich Nhat Hanh.     Waking up this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion. … 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

What I love about Stranger Things

Jeff and I finished watching the new Netflix series, Stranger Things, on Thursday night, giving me plenty of time to reflect on the show and mourn that it's over (at least for now). Here's a list of some of the things I loved about this show: The music, of … 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

Diary of a Novel: June 18

Life is weird. Sometimes it's weird in ways that make you feel like you can barely stand up under the weight of it. And then sometimes it's weird in ways that lift you up and feel a little bit like flying. I should have been almost done with the novel I'm … 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: sleeping with the windows open

It really shouldn’t be warm enough in March to sleep with the windows open, but it is. Over the winter, you get used to hearing nothing more than the soft whooshing noise the heating system makes when it kicks on. In the winter, we live sealed off from the world. … Read More >>

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