Writing Thoughts

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Closer…

Lately I've been writing things that are a lot closer to my real life. My life, as in things that happened to me. Stories that dance just at the edges between fiction and nonfiction. I call them stories, but they could be essays. I … Read More >>

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 … Read More >>

Mindful Thoughts

In your 40s, you're no longer embarrassed by pictures like this

On turning 41…

I turned 41 yesterday and it was a good day. No, I didn't turn 25 again. I'm not stuck at 30. If you ask me how old I am, I'll generally tell you. I don't think that's a rude question. I'm 41 and pretty happy about it. Forty-one is … Read More >>

Madison Monday

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Madison Monday: #WeAreIndiana

Needless to say, a lot's been going on in Indiana the past week or so. And a lot's been going on in our own little neck of the woods. I'd like to tell you just a bit about what I've seen, here on the ground in the Hoosier state, where we don't have the option to … 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

Zucchini pasta salad with green beans, feta, garbanzo beans and dill

Me vs. the zucchini, part 2

I didn't take any pictures of the sandwiches Thursday, and this is something of a tragedy. They were a thing of beauty. Well, it looked okay. It tasted awesome. Thursday, my friends came over for lunch, so of course, it was another opportunity to find a way … 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

Co-host of my new Sunday pre-game show

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

Stout's Island Lodge

Elephant Rock Flash Prose Contest

My lovely friend Jeannine Ouelette, a talented writer and the woman behind Elephant Rock Retreats for Writing and Yoga, asked me to judge a flash prose contest to celebrate the Association of Writers and Writing Programs national conference coming to her hometown … Read More >>

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Bookish Thoughts

circus in winter

Indiana Book Review: The Circus in Winter

Here’s an important lesson I recently learned–when you’re going to a writer’s conference, read the books written by the authors who will be leading workshops and teaching classes. Otherwise you might miss out. This summer, I went to the Midwest Writer’s Workshop … Read More >>

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Mindful Thoughts

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Beautiful things

Because I have a device now that tells me how many steps I've taken each day, I'm motivated to take the long way from my car to my office in the morning. The added benefit is that I see some beautiful things along the way. May everyone be so lucky. Here are a few. … Read More >>

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