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Interests: Baking, Dickens, running for novices, folk music, and the impact of early fatty acid intake on neurodevelopment. also a painless strategy for keeping <s>four</s> five kids in matching (or at least matching-ish) socks through a Midwestern winter.
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My friend Becky asked me if I was interested in doing an August challenge where we would each run or run/walk or walk a minimum of a mile every day in August. Sure, I said, that sounds great. So I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2022 at Light and Momentary
I submitted a paper today. I've submitted a lot of papers over the years, but this submission was extraordinarily angst-free. Before this summer came along I'd been feeling guilty for a couple of years about this paper. "It's just a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2022 at Light and Momentary
I have been tireder than usual lately. Is it residual COVID fatigue, do you figure? I was testing positive until the beginning of July. I am usually fine these days. Yesterday, though, I ran in the morning, graded essay questions... Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2022 at Light and Momentary
This weekend was my 35th high school reunion. I ruled out the idea of going pretty soon after I heard about it; I knew I'd be teaching my summer class until the day before it started, and it seemed like... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at Light and Momentary
When I finished Hamnet I was looking for something similarly satisfying. There is a lot of sadness in Hamnet, because it is about a child dying of bubonic plague, but the sadness is embedded in so much goodness. I loved... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2022 at Light and Momentary
It used to be that when I went back to the climbing gym after a hiatus, my arms would proclaim their unhappiness emphatically over the next couple of days. Once in particular I was so sore that I couldn't lift... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2022 at Light and Momentary
Today was the final exam for my summer class, and after I proctored it I decided I would not jump immediately into the grading. I went home, I ate some food, I took a nap (in which I dreamed, alas,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2022 at Light and Momentary
I was cleaning out my closet this week, because months after my observation that my old blouses do not fit my new shoulders, they were still sitting in my closet. I was texting Joe, because he's the person I always... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2022 at Light and Momentary
The Slaw of Happiness varies in its veggies but its dressing is pretty consistent. The recipe I got from my internet pal Jodie more than 20 years ago is this: to a cup of mayo, add 1 T. apple cider... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2022 at Light and Momentary
Hamnet. You guys, this book is so good. I downloaded a sample when it first came out, but I found that I did not want to read about children dying of plague in July of 2020. The sample sat on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2022 at Light and Momentary
In general I try to avoid writing about gloomy things in this space, but the biggest ongoing gloomy thing in my life has been getting me down this week. Imagine my surprise when I walked into church this morning and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2022 at Light and Momentary
I miss making harmony. It's partly because of the pandemic and partly because of personnel changes at church, but the days in which I could always slide into a weekend ensemble are over, at least temporarily. While it lasted, it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2022 at Light and Momentary
Today is my birthday, when I often I reboot my new year's resolutions, and so I made a special point of going to the gym this afternoon. I had a pleasant lifting session, and afterward I decided to hop on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2022 at Light and Momentary
When my kids were little I noticed a strange phenomenon: if their naps got interrupted, I'd expect them to fall asleep early and stay asleep. They were extra-tired, right? They needed the sleep even more than usual, right? It was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2022 at Light and Momentary
I think I need some new strategies for dealing with people who frustrate me. One of the things about working with young adults is that your job requires a lot of interaction with people who are still figuring out professional... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2022 at Light and Momentary
The fatigue that was squashing me last week is better, for which I am grateful. Still haven't tried to go for a run. Pete has spent the past three weeks in Germany, but he is coming home tonight. Tonight! I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2022 at Light and Momentary
I think COVID did a number on my fatigue resistance. If I don't get enough sleep, I am just flattened. In general I'm doing fine, but I have to pay attention to the amount of rest I am getting. I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2022 at Light and Momentary
If you search Google Scholar for "obesity epidemic causes," you get the same tired stuff you've been hearing for years: we're eating too much hyperpalatable calorie-dense food, exercising too little, and creating a dangerous spiral as we slowly strangle our... Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2022 at Light and Momentary
Let's talk about ways to protect women who find themselves unexpectedly pregnant in the coming weeks and months. I've seen estimates that the Dobbs decision will result in about a 13% reduction in abortions over the next year, meaning roughly... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2022 at Light and Momentary
Today is the tenth day since I developed COVID symptoms, and even though I am only 75% of the way through it I am eating dinner with the family like a rebel. I have been thinking so many thoughts about... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2022 at Light and Momentary
I am wondering what would happen if 2022 Jamie were granted a brief conversation with her past self, who might say, "Hello there, self, what's the news from the future?" Well, says 2022 Jamie, where to start? On June 24... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2022 at Light and Momentary
I tested positive for COVID this morning. I feel okay, as if I have a mild cold. In the before times I would never have dreamed of missing work for something like this. I should have known something was up... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2022 at Light and Momentary
Today I completed one of my new year's resolutions: I finished the Palliser Chronicles. Turns out that if you just keep reading them, even big books come to an end. In the end I didn't like it quite as much... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2022 at Light and Momentary
I had so much fun last night. I met up with two of my college roommates to see The Chicks in concert, and we had the best time. Great show, great crowd, great friends -- who could ask for anything... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Light and Momentary
"I'm glad I"m not in school right now," said Stella upon her return from outside. "It'd be miserable doing PE in this weather." "They wouldn't let you," I said. "Just like they have a floor temperature in the winter, below... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2022 at Light and Momentary