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serenity now

i’m not a very religious person, so instead of the serenity prayer some people may be familiar with, i offer here the serenity doctrine that better reflects my current state of mind hoochie mama! hoochie mama!  Advertisements

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When the inner crazy peeks out

It’s one thing for your internal, often NSFW (no, not in that way) proclivities to have made a safe and comfortable home inside the recesses of your mind. I am referring here to those bits of yourself you save only for … Continue reading

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Mad dash (or, the Storm before the Calm before the Storm)

Yesterday, I awoke with a start — what day was it? Where was I? What time of which day was it? And then, a calming thought: it was only Saturday. Despite two previous days free from meetings and human conversation … Continue reading

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When all my words have been stolen by the waking hours

Keeping Quiet Pablo Neruda (trans. Alastair Reid.) And now we will count to twelve and we will all keep still. For once on the face of the earth let’s not speak in any language, let’s stop for one second, and … Continue reading

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The refuge of quiet

First, I started writing to my siblings. Then I started writing to one friend, and then another friend, and then a colleague with whom I am friendly and a few friends who are also my colleagues. And each time I … Continue reading

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Sun-day Afternoon

The song playing in my mind (and now on my laptop) is “Tuesday Afternoon” by the Moody Blues, although for the better part of three hours I was singing “Sunday afternoon” to myself. Tuesday, afternoon, I’m just beginning to see, … Continue reading

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Summer agenda

Since last September, the trials and tribulations of institutional academic life have applied ample psychic weight to my daily consciousness and have indeed dominated my waking (and sleeping) hours. But the spring semester has ended and June is nearly here … Continue reading

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Do, let’s

Hello dear reader, I could blame my lack of writing recently on the virtual piles of charts and tables awaiting my attention, or the real piles of folders full of paper, paper, paper covering every inch of my office… but … Continue reading

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summer reading list (or maybe sooner)

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The “Advanced Organizer”

here are some things I was thinking during today’s monthly herding of faculty into a room:  i should have grabbed a muffin before sitting down.  people have such unlikely wave gestures and some do *not* match the wo/man.  so that’s … Continue reading

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To learn is to…

It is relatively common knowledge that Socrates liked to ask questions, to ponder, to unsettle more than arrive at conclusions our resolutions. (Ironically, the Socratic seminar, as it is sometimes practiced in educational settings, bares no resemblance to the person … Continue reading

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In the echoes of others’ words

“The aspects of things that are most important for us are hidden because of their simplicity and familiarity. (One is unable to notice something — because it is always before one’s eyes.) The real foundations of his enquiry do not strike … Continue reading

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Reaching puberty…

Why is there such a big deal made when children approach, reach, or have a protracted stay within stages of puberty? Sure, the side effects are occasionally clumsy and represent not an altogether graceful time in our lives, but we … Continue reading

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(un)knowability

Friends, I have done my stress-cooking for the night — and consumed the goods much too quickly for there to be photographic evidence. I have moved on, in my nocturnal navigations, to completing my House of Cards mini-bender whilst delaying … Continue reading

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A case of the “last year, this time…”

I was fine with it, finally settling into the reality (lo, these many months later) that I am no longer on sabbatical; that I have returned to campus; that my obligations to the institution have resumed their primacy in my … Continue reading

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