Tag Archives: tenure

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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time…

…is a funny thing. Not “haha” funny, more like “ain’t that a damn shame” kind of funny… The kind that leads one to drink or cry rather than belly laugh or giggle (and if one is belly laughing or giggling, … Continue reading

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tragic flaw

We all have them, those personality traits or characteristics that we can’t shake no matter how many self-help books we read, conversations we have with friends, meditation retreats we attend… For some, the trait is being too closed off, putting … Continue reading

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first days of school

Each August, before the start of the coming school year, while my parents were busy reminding my siblings and me about the importance of doing well in school and making sure each of us was equipped with the necessary accoutrements … Continue reading

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Where’s my shoe horn?

August 31st. The last day of the last full month of sabbatical. The automated sabbatical message will terminate in a few minutes. And I have learned two things in the past 72 hours: 1) there is no “easing in” from … Continue reading

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preparing to cross an ocean

Can I get away with just one carry-on? This is the first question I asked myself as I finally began to prepare for an extended stay overseas that begins next week. Extended as in 3 months. Extended as including traversing … Continue reading

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humility of writing

the atlantic was chock full of writerly articles today and two in particular caught my eye. the first poses an important question that many of us who must write — either because our work requires it or because we have … Continue reading

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nanowrimo – day 13

still in the cafe from earlier, someone still crooning above me — i can hear it now because i’ve taken the earbuds out that i put in to create an enclosed writing zone. i just got wind of the NaNoWordSprints … Continue reading

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making recommendations

We make recommendations all the time. Try these boots, they are so comfortable! Yes, Venice is totally worth it. If you have a chance, don’t miss the chocolate mint truffle rooibos tea! (yup, this is an actual tea that I … Continue reading

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a meditation on vipassana

I’m not sure how old I was when I first realized that not all salads contained leafy greens. For much of my childhood, with the exception of egg salad which is not really a salad at all under any definition, … Continue reading

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writing lives

3 musketeers bars and the hypnotic bass beat of “every breath you take” new year’s eve and an evening of cole porter tunes a good book and ready access to google and wikipedia for the all important insta-reference searches fresh … Continue reading

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why write, and why this much?

maybe it’s because someone — many someones — told me there would be a dip productivity in post-tenure and im trying to capture whatever comes out whenever it chooses to do so for fear that it’ll be nothing but crickets … Continue reading

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seeing and doing and seeing

During my near-fortnight in Oz I spent a day in Manly, a town on Sydney’s northern shore that is accessible from the city by ferry. I wasn’t sure what to expect save for the fact that there was a beach … Continue reading

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augtember

a friend emailed the other day to ask me how it felt with september approaching to know that I wouldn’t be going “back” — not this year, anyway. “back” of course refers to the sense of returning and beginning again … Continue reading

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shedding

a haircut is more than a hair cut. more than hundreds or thousands of hairs cut. it’s letting go of more-than-i-care-to-remember all-nighters to meet journal deadlines; removing from my immediate memory nervousness and anxieties, frustrations and uncertainties (well, some of … Continue reading

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