My story, “The Face of Major League Baseball,” is out now in a chapbook from WhiskeyPaper Press along with two other short stories. The story will also appear in Volume 28:2 of CALYX Journal. I’m very excited about both of these … Read More >>
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 >>
I spent the last five or six days on the beach in Florida on an extended fall break. In the process, I may have figured out the key to happiness. This is probably not surprising.
The key to happiness does not involve social media or … Read More >>
I wish I could be writing here about how fabulous Chautauqua was this year. Or about the Wild Ponies at Red Bicycle Hall, the first in the RiverRoots concert series. Or the Madison Area Arts Alliance showcase of local artists that took place at Little Golden Fox. … Read More >>
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 >>
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 >>
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 >>
I wrote this post in November 2010, when Michael Vick was making what looked like might be his comeback with the Eagles. Now it's 2015 and he's been signed by the Steelers, and people, oh, the irony! Now the whole question of are dogs or women more important is … Read More >>
I'm on the quest for the perfect make-at-home, without a professional bakery oven, baguette recipe. What I've been using is a bread machine recipe, which is okay. I've figured out how to make the crust nice and brown by squirting water into the oven. But the inside … Read More >>
We’re a month into the semester, and I’m still not submitting any new writing. I’m down to nine pieces in my queue. I’m kind of excited about letting that number go down to zero for the first time in two years, though there’s no telling how long that’ll take. … Read More >>
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 >>
I got married five years ago today. I was thirty-six. I didn’t know what I was doing. I’m still not sure I know what I’m doing now.
I never really wanted to be married. It wasn’t something I dreamt or fantasized about. I only played house when the other kids … Read More >>
In February 2014, the second edition of my textbook, Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration, will be coming out from Pine Forge/Sage Press. It's called questioning gender because my goal in my course and in the book … Read More >>