minded

There has of late been a noticeable difference in how mental illness is discussed in mainstream culture.  The main difference being that it is increasingly mentioned at all, and in that it is presented as the “real issue” behind a slate of dismaying circumstances.  This can be seen as a hopeful sign, insofar as mental…

Visualization

Currently I am composing two cover letters, hoping for but not counting on positive results.  In fact, I’ve determined to vigilantly cater to my morale by looking upon both letters as primarily fun.  Cathartic writing exercises as it were, worthwhile in their own right, with benefits guaranteed. More recently I’ve begun work on a missive…

Summarily

  Successful completion of a PhD will everafter require that one be able to summarize those years of work and hundreds of pages, and how that effort continues to matter in the real world, in just a few sentences.  Having written what I strive to not be a demoralizing number of cover letters, I’ve become…

Surreality

I think about the devastation wrought by the recent hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, and how surreal the scene must be for all those grown accustomed to the world we see through ubiquitous screens, unreflectingly deemed the unexceptional normal. How sudden the jarring moments must accumulate, with destruction the view of the newly present now.  repeatedly…

Columbus Day

500 plus years since a particular arrival. The eversame choice remains: exploit perceived weakness for the sake of power and profit, or, offer generosity and welcome in deference to the shared smallness of our human space in creation? The wrong choice remains daily made, affixed to our everyday ways. Such heroics when hope remains, to choose…

receptivity

If the old grown woods fed our human senses with love, their glaring loss begets unspeakable absence. Hollowed out, hearts dispossessed.  Smallest leaves must fill the need for wondrous looks at life.  Beauty seen, a victory keen.  

Cycle

The electrical cords short out, the sidewalks crack, the roads buckle, the bridges rust, the buildings accumulate filth.  Man made things only grow progressively crummier, breaking down into worthlessness.  Maybe buried or submerged, the inanimate bulk remains lastingly intact to mark our folly for centuries. The living greens and flesh reds of the growing world…

Penning

Though expedience and the habituated norm typically ensure my use of this cruddy, cracked smartphone faux keyboard for a significant portion of my writing, I am also a devotee of notebook writing.  Because I tend to require considerable amounts of the handwritten from my students, I decided to address the use of pen and paper…

Philosophy doctor

Because it is apparently not possible for me to completely abandon the quest for professorship, I am currently composing a(nother) new cover letter.  I am attempting to remain completely honest in my self-representation.  That way, in the admitted high likelihood that I am not selected for an interview from among the likely hundreds of worthy…

Headlines

It is all together strange to be an American these days, with a news cycle unendingly replete in the details of events suggestively indicative of a rapid decline in our collective fortunes and safety.  How can we most sensibly respond to such onslaughts of bad news, with no room to take a breath and find…

Activity

It’s probably impossible to regret a visit to an elderly person who deeply cares about your health and happiness.  

Sacred profane

Growing up, I was mortified by how my mom would swear/curse/cuss.  It felt to me like the final proof of our outsider status – stark contrast to what I imagined the life of a desirable family to resemble.  Even though our neighborhood was composed of families who were also just as poor as we were,…