Writing Thoughts

Beware of the giant hogweed!

About “Weeds”…

It's been over a month since my story, "Weeds," was published by the incredibly lovely folks at Atticus Review, but here's a little bit about the behind-the-scenes of the story, better late than never. Fast Facts: First draft … 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

2014-09-29 08.55.39

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 … Read More >>

Madison Monday

Madison from an airplane

Madison Monday: From above

I'm sitting outside as I write this and nothing else really matters. The stars are shining. From our balcony, we can see people passing by. We have traveled far enough away to be warm. This is what we left behind. Not the town itself, which is beautiful even … 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

2015-02-19 11.11.20

Straining and puffing

This is a picture of my big scary novel. It's sitting behind me, even as I write this now. It's watching me. Breathing down my neck. I would rather not talk about how long I've been working on this big scary novel. It's a long time. It might be five years. It … 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

2014-08-12 07.57.00

Reduction

This morning I decided to make roasted tomato paste out of the tomatoes from our garden. I started first thing in the morning. My mom always tries to get her canning done early in the morning, when it's still cool, because the oven heats up the house. Also, for me … Read More >>

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Key West, Thursday

Fried okra and pickles at Firefly

Some good things we've eaten (and drank) so far: - Everything at 2 Cent, but especially the caramelized brussel sprouts with pecans and … Read More >>

Key West, Wednesday

Ubiquitous chicken picture

Key West in the morning is a busy place. A noisy place. Street sweepers. Leaf blowers. Garbage trucks. Some huge utility vehicle whose purpose seems … Read More >>

Madison Monday: From above

Madison from an airplane

I'm sitting outside as I write this and nothing else really matters. The stars are shining. From our balcony, we can see people passing by. We have … Read More >>

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