Writing Thoughts

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My year in writing…

2015 has been a year of contrasts where my writing life is concerned, with some great accomplishments and excitement alongside a lot of reflection and re-thinking. Here are some of the highlights: My Chapbook!!! Here's the … 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

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Bringing the beach home with…

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 >>

Madison Monday

Madison Monday: A perfect place to be a writer

Last Friday night I had my reading and book launch for The Face of Baseball, my chapbook of linked short stories from WhiskeyPaper Press. As promised, there was beer and peanuts and, extra bonus, Crackerjacks! It was a small, rotating crowd of friends and … Read More >>

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Family Thoughts

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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

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

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Re-post: Dear NFL: Women are people, too

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 >>

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Random Thoughts

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Quest for the perfect baguette: part one

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 >>

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Writing Thoughts

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About The Face of Major League Baseball (and my dad)

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 things. The chapbook is called … Read More >>

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Bookish Thoughts

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Books I read in May

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 >>

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Mindful Thoughts

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Five years

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 >>

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