I like dirt better than fake flowers

August 27, 2012

Today I’m over at Transpositions writing about living in suburbia, and an example of superficiality pushed to the extreme! I’d love your comments and thoughts on the post! Surburbia has never appealed to me. Until ten years ago, I had almost always lived in places where we couldn’t even see our neighbours, let alone hear […]

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Classic literature, Charter schools, and the Banning of Books

July 18, 2012

I’ve been hearing some rumbling about the selection of book lists and library holdings at parent-led charter and Christian schools. What i’ve been hearing has given me pause and I’d like to offer some humble thoughts on developing curricula and making decisions about the reading material made available to students. Let me begin by acknowledging […]

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Nomadic Writing

June 25, 2012

It was probably unwise to expect myself to get much written or edited in the midst of spending time with a lot of people I haven’t seen in three years while here in Waco. But I did expect it. I have to expect myself to get at least an hour a day of work in […]

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Secular Religion in American, Western Culture, and the end of history: Terence Nichols, Peter Augustine Lawler and Fr. John O’Malley

June 21, 2012

Today I want to share a couple of interviews. The first is with Terence Nichols on how and why religion has become so privatized in America, the second was  Peter Augustine Lawler on “Bobos” and the end of history and the third with John W. O’Malley, more on Four Cultures of the West. Terence Nichols is […]

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This morning is different.

June 6, 2012

It is 6am, and like almost every morning since well before Christmas my brain is wanting to write. Except this morning, I don’t have to force myself out of my sleepiness into thinking about all things thesis. This morning is different. I have reached the stage of a draft of each of the five chapters. […]

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A week in the life of the Dissertating: Scottish Summer edition

June 5, 2012

Last time I wrote a week in the life of the dissertating I was in Australia. This time I am in St Andrews, Scotland. Every week of this process is different. This was last week. I Woke up late on Monday morning compared to lately at 6:30am. Spend some time writing about the week ahead: […]

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Travelling Light

June 2, 2012

I have plans to pack and travel as light as possible on the overland to Oz trip. But, this nomadic summer is also an opportunity to travel very light. I left australia with very little luggage. One small cabin bag sized suitcase weighing 12kgs and a laptop bag/large handbag as in the photo above. I’m […]

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In which I admit I can be a nervous nellie

May 31, 2012

I am a bundle of nervous energy today. I have a long awaited supervision meeting with my thesis advisors. There are three kinds of nervousness that I generally feel. The first is a kind of nervous excitement; this is the realm of butterflies, and wry can’t help it smiles. The second kind is the pre-performance […]

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79,800 words

May 30, 2012

79,800 words. 280 pages of double spaced (175 pages of single spaced) text. That’s the word and page count for my current draft of five chapters, an introduction, and a conclusion of my doctoral thesis. Chapter 5, which I’d like to be ready to send to my supervisors by next week is 12,203 words long […]

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4 weeks 6 days

May 28, 2012

Sunday marked 5 weeks until the submission deadline I set at the beginning of the project (about 2 1/2 years ago). As I mentioned in this post marking 8 weeks and 6 days, I am seeking to work as hard as I can to get a draft of all the chapters by that self-imposed deadline […]

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