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A final goodbye and a new beginning

by Anna Blanch on January 9, 2014

2013 was a hard year. A strange year. But it felt like it was only natural following on from 2011 and 2012 which were spectacularly hard. You read about some of the challenges here in this space. Life got even more complicated before it felt like it turned a corner and I begin to see [...]

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Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter

by Anna Blanch on March 19, 2013

TedTalks are shared here under a creative commons license

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Kakenya Ntaiya: A girl who demanded school

by Anna Blanch on March 13, 2013

On the prompting of a friend i’ve started watching more TED talks – and some of them have been so inspiring I can’t help but share my favourite finds. This is the story of teacher, massai, extraordinary woman, Kakenya Ntaiya. TEDTalks made available here under a Creative Commons (CC) license,

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In the midst of life

by Anna Blanch on March 8, 2013

Life doesn’t stop while you’re writing, and sometimes you have to work in less than ideal circumstances or fit the dissertation in the nooks and crannies. I often marvel at the lives of my dissertating friends with babies. I have enough trouble trying to make it all work on my own. The dissertation places strain [...]

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#AcWriMo is here again!

by Anna Blanch on October 31, 2012

Tomorrow heralds the beginning of November and the second annual #AcBoWriMo! This year it’s the most generally named #AcWriMo (which also makes for a much shorter hashtag)! After three years of NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month), I threw my lot in with Academic Book Writing month in 2011 (AcBoWriMo) and attempted to give my PhD [...]

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This was a week during my nomadic summer of writing in the US. This is part of a series where I share a week in the life of the dissertating process. Monday It seems that I was so exhausted from the weekend that I slept until after 9am. It’s been a good year since I’ve [...]

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Simplifying the Soul: Paula Huston

by Anna Blanch on October 2, 2012

On one hand it is far from lent and so the timing of this review might seem odd, however, now is as good a time as any to share a resource in advance of next lent. ____________________ Huston, Paula. Simplifying the Soul: Lenten Practices to Renew Your Spirit. Notre Dame: Ave Maria Press, 2011. There [...]

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Right now I’m taking a break from #project333. I’m enjoying having all of my clothes at my disposal – including those i boxed up for the original #project333 challenge back in January. But while traveling from March to September, I had a capsule wardrobe of just 33 items. I spoke at conferences, spent time in [...]

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Transposing Aesthetics and Liturgy

October 1, 2012

This week will see Transpositions host a symposium on Aesthetics and Liturgy, which I proud to be curating with Preston Yancey. Most broadly, liturgy can be defined as a pattern for worship. Though one can engage in a liturgy alone, it is most commonly communal ritual action or observance. It encompasses public worship participated in [...]

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Why I don’t read “Christian woman” self-help books

September 27, 2012

I’ve read more of the “how can you be a godly Christian woman” in today’s world books than I care to admit. I acknowledged approaching this book with cynicism blooming. I admitted then that i’ve pretty much given up reading the “Christian woman self-help” kinds of books in light of realising that the women around [...]

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