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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 arms and hands are aching again. Joe and I went to the rock-climbing gym tonight and I climbed until I couldn't climb any more. I've been feeling a little discouraged about climbing this week. There's a route I've tried... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Light and Momentary
I know the answer to that question, I suppose. In the first week of June I was prepping busily for a retreat. In the second week of June I was catching up on post-retreat sleep and biting my nails about... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Light and Momentary
I loved the Wonder Twins on Saturday morning cartoons in my childhood. They would reach for each other and say "Wonder Twin powers: ACTIVATE!" And sproing, one of them would be a -- hmm, the memories are blurry, 40+ years... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Do y'all remember that I'm part of a retreat team right now? Some folks from the retreat program at my parish are working with the central office of the national retreat program; five of us will be part of a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Long ago, maybe ten years ago, I picked up a skein of Noro sock yarn on clearance and stashed it in the fingering bin. It sat there for ages. In 2017, when we were taking the train to NYC, I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Light and Momentary
The time has come, the blogger said, to talk of many things: of whole-house fans and garter snakes, of cabbages and kings[1], of why the sea is boiling hot[2] and whether pigs have wings[3] Today I was returning from the... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Last night I said, "Okay, kids, can you set the table with six placemats like this one and six matching napkins?" Stella answered, "Who's coming over?" And we were having a dinner guest, it's true, but I felt a little... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2019 at Light and Momentary
I am typing this post at the rock-climbing gym while my 14yo chats with the staff about the right amount of painful in a good rock-climbing shoe. I didn’t know that planned shoe discomfort was a thing in the world... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Light and Momentary
I have this perpetual idea, you guys, that I could Get It Together if only I applied myself diligently. Inbox zero, empty paper trays, and a tidy dust-free home. But then I buckle down and attempt to apply myself diligently,... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Gladlyville University Office of the President May 14, 2019 Dear Dr. Gladly, Congratulations! As a result of the significant contributions you have made to your discipline and to Gladlyville University, your applications for tenure and for promotion to Associate Professor... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Our dinner is simmering on the stove right now, and while the rice finishes cooking I am going to tell you how to make it. We are having chana masala, chickpeas in a sauce that's slightly tart and slightly spicy.... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Our graduation reception was yesterday afternoon. I always enjoy them. Our grad students are back on campus after their external placements, pleased and proud and a little disbelieving: it felt like their program would last forever, but now it's done.... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2019 at Light and Momentary
For a long time I was going to write a blog post called In Praise of Ugly Cars. It was going to be about buying ugly cars on purpose, something we used to do out of necessity and now do... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Oh, I think May is my favorite month. The light! The blooms! The demise of drear! I woke up on Saturday morning after 9 hours of sleep to a glorious spring day, full of determination to Get Things Done. The... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Every year that I have been on the tenure track, I have celebrated the end of the spring semester with a deep dive into a fat Dickens novel. That means this is the Sixth Annual May Dickens Read-Along (#SAMDRAL for... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Hi, friends, it's been a long time. How are you? I am hanging in there. I am having the usual April issues with Substance Abuser #1: it feels dishonest to say nothing and unwise to share the details of somebody... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Hi, you guys, I have been meaning to tell you about finishing Cal Newport's Digital Minimalism over spring break. I was expecting it to cover well-trodden ground: phones are bad for concentration, smartphones are unhelpful at least as often as... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2019 at Light and Momentary
It's easy for me to see the loveliness of God's design at the beginning of the lifespan. Those patches of hair at a newborn's temples, the ones that fade away mysteriously within a couple of weeks? I love those. The... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2019 at Light and Momentary
You guys, I have a fun new hobby. I've been not-blogging about it for a while, because (a) I continue to be vague about my location and the number of Midwestern climbing gyms is not enormous, and also (b) it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Tonight I was waiting for the Scout meeting to end and inching through a chapter of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. The author would not approve of what I just did there. That's an affiliate... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at Light and Momentary
You GUYS, I am back in the land of the-- not the living, exactly, but the land of the people who don't have to work every weekend and most evenings. PHEW. We revamped the way we handled grad admissions, which... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2019 at Light and Momentary
It turns out that there is a limit to the amount of judging I can do, and at the end of last week I crashed hard into that wall. I have a service commitment that is the single most judgment-intensive... Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Long ago, in a blogosphere far far away, Jen Fulwiler wrote a post called You Get What You Measure. I've thought a lot about that post, about the things I measure and the things I am reluctant to tally up.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Oh, goodness, I didn't realize it had been more than two weeks since my last post. I have not had a lot of space in my head and I have been trying to be disciplined about going to bed early,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2019 at Light and Momentary
Brr, it's cold. It's cold and our quiet little street has too many icy patches for my taste and more snow has been falling and I am feeling a little glum about the whole weather situation. Really the thing I... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2019 at Light and Momentary