Might as Well: overcoming grad school purgatory

Grad school purgatory, as I've decided to call it, is rough.  It's that time many of us experience between our defense and our final draft of our thesis or dissertation, where most of the pressure is off, but you're still not in the clear.  Your defense is arguably the most stressful moment of graduate school: … Continue reading Might as Well: overcoming grad school purgatory

Forever Family

Aunt Mary Jane gives the best hugs. You can ask anyone who knows her, family or not.  She gives you a big ol' squeeze that's long and heartfelt: one of those hugs where you immediately understand what it is to be truly loved, one of those you kind of wish you could pull out of … Continue reading Forever Family

Love Letter(s) to the World

Beloved,There are times I wish that I didn't love so much.  There are times I wish it were easier to separate myself from the joy, hurt, heartbreak, fear, hope.  Yes, there are many times I am grumpy, unapproachable, and rude.  There are times when I do not want to interact with other humans, regardless of … Continue reading Love Letter(s) to the World

Disagreement *Should* Not Presume Disdain

I consider myself to be a pretty calm individual.  It takes a lot to get me angry to the point of getting into a fight with another individual.  In fact, I can probably count on my hands the number of knock-down-drag-out fights I've had in my life.  However, that doesn't mean I have no opinions, … Continue reading Disagreement *Should* Not Presume Disdain

Transparency or Translucency?

Recently, I've been mulling over some things.Okay, a lot of things.  But this one in particular:  when is sharing good, and when is it too much?I'm not talking about sharing your crayons, or your food, or your car, or your clothes.  I'm talking about sharing your thoughts, opinions, experiences, emotions, and fears.  Everyone has people … Continue reading Transparency or Translucency?