Writing Thoughts

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Some of my favorite stories of…

One of my New Year's resolutions for 2015 is to keep better track of the stories and essays I read online and love. That's a warning that I didn't do a particularly good job in 2014. Part of the problem is that there's so much good … 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

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 Monday: It’s cold out there

It's cold out there this Monday. A balmy 14 degrees as I write. It's the kind of cold that makes your teeth and your face hurt, though that may also be because just the day before, it wasn't that cold at all. Sometimes in Indiana I think I can feel the next weather … 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

Education of Ivy Blake

Random Thoughts

- I walked to Kentucky last week, my first time on the new pedestrian path. I'm working on a story where someone has to cross the bridge and it was interesting to contrast what I imagined it would be like up there as opposed to what it was really like. Less windy … Read More >>

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Writing Thoughts

These rolls!

Parker house pretzel rolls and a train of thought

Today I made these Parker house pretzel rolls. They didn't turn out as pretzel-y as the picture. And they might not have been as done as they could have been. Neither of these things kept me from eating three rolls, straight out of the pan, right out of the oven, … 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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Madison Monday: It’s cold out there

It's cold out there this Monday. A balmy 14 degrees as I write. It's the kind of cold that makes your teeth and your face hurt, though that may also … Read More >>

Some of my favorite stories of 2014

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One of my New Year's resolutions for 2015 is to keep better track of the stories and essays I read online and love. That's a warning that I didn't do … Read More >>

Parker house pretzel rolls and a train of thought

These rolls!

Today I made these Parker house pretzel rolls. They didn't turn out as pretzel-y as the picture. And they might not have been as done as they could … Read More >>

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