Out of Organizational Gas

Even in the midst of positive change, it’s possible to run low on gas. In the community I’m trying to bring to the digital world, cloud-based tools are catching on with a small group of people. They’re excited about what can be done with Google Calendar, Google Forms, Google Drive. More people are asking to learn about Zoom. There have even been some volunteers willing […]

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Riding It Out

I got on my bike today for the second time in four years. The first time was two days ago. That may not sound odd unless you were once used to cycling upwards of 40 or 50 miles a day. I was, before I started my doctoral program. I rode a measly 11 miles two days ago and I thought I would die. My quads […]

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Me and the Boys from Bangalore

I was hours away from finishing the final qualifying paper, AKA comps, for my doctoral program. It was 10:30 p.m. and if I stuck with it, I could get the citations done before dawn. I was working on a big, graphic-heavy document and Word was acting finicky– I’d started getting messages that my disk was running out of space, which was pretty much impossible, I […]

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When I Decided to Unplug

Part 1  Going Deep I went cold turkey. Just, went onto Twitter & announced a week of being unplugged, didn’t blog or check email, logged into Facebook only once, to leave a message for my mother that I’d arrived safely in the land of the golden sun. (O.K., so I also Facebook-whined about the disappointing temperature, but after the pounding New York took this past […]

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Best Things December 2009

Rather than make resolutions for 2010, I’ve decided to keep track of the positive things I’ve done for myself each month. I’m doing this  for a couple of reasons. First, it’s a way of tracking progress or seeing a trend in my interests. Second, and maybe most important, it’ll force me to focus on the positive when I get head-down into work on my doctorate […]

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Beyond FAIL

So, who failed this past semester? That’s the thought that’s been wandering through my mind. Me, for teaching a couple of classes I didn’t think were great? My students, for being different from previous students? After some reflecting, I’m going to argue for a third perspective. The word fail is so harsh, so final. It feels lousy. It makes it seem like the best option […]

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