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Laura Perry
I'm a historian / educator / musician married to a professional violinist / conductor / educator
Interests: It's not the time period, but rather the unanswered question that drives my intellect.
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I've been working extremely hard lately - I really am enjoying the Bullet Journal life - but I've realized I need to schedule in some serious down time each day. Eight- to ten-hour workdays preclude much in the way of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2018 at Notes From a PhD Life
It's not an easy thing to admit that I'm cheering the end of my spouse's summer vacation. The past week stands out as one of the more remarkably productive weeks I have had all year, and the relationship between A... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Notes From a PhD Life
I am the undisputed Queen of Avoidance. When it comes to finding ways to sacrificing the goals I hold highest and replacing them with timewasters and busy work, boy am I ever accomplished! The most recent cycle of this really... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2018 at Notes From a PhD Life
Late last year, we returned home from one family gathering or another and, as soon as my spouse opened the front door, the most dreadful odor assailed our nostrils. We both winced, and realized our plumbing had failed somewhere between... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at Notes From a PhD Life
I'm returning to blogging after a long, long hiatus - and here's why: I've been fighting a long spell of writer's block, and I figure the best way to cure it is to ... WRITE. I also miss writing on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2018 at Notes From a PhD Life
The past several years have truly been chaotic. I took a Medical Leave of Absence last year, and I'm getting back into the groove like I haven't in years... but it's daunting, and I feel as though I constantly stay... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at Notes From a PhD Life
It's been a while since I last posted anything - far too long, actually. It's refreshing to come back after such a time away, especially with my head bursting with things to say! Needless to say, pondering topics and considering... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2016 at Notes From a PhD Life
Bias. It's a word that leaves many seeing red. But why? Why should it? Many young teachers and instructors are sent into the classroom with the notion that they must be "bias-free" - a concept I cannot understand and do... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Notes From a PhD Life
Today I am riding high. It's a good day for history! My title for today must seem rather oxymoronic, but I am dead serious - history really is the wave of the future. It is also riding the wave of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2013 at Notes From a PhD Life
This article How Christian Were the Founders? came out in 2010, and I was pretty frustrated then about the increasing conservatism in K-12 public education - conservatism that told flat out lies, actually. I am not conservative in my values... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2013 at Notes From a PhD Life
I was distressed today to learn of the horrendous Bangladeshi garment factory fire that occurred while Americans went on a furious, wild spending spree purchasing the clothing these victims made in squalid, shameful circumstances. (See: Bangladeshi Garment Factory Fire) As... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
I was thinking about the impact of PBS on my life earlier today... and realized my earliest must-see TV was Sesame Street (I was plopped in front of the tube (do you remember why the "The Tube" was called "The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
It's interesting. Last night I was watching Alfred Hitchcock Presents on Netflix and realized that most of the guest actors - indeed AH himself - are gone. I remember losing Cary Grant, and Jimmy Stewart (and his late-night poetry readings... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
What Our Kids can Teach Us - Lance Simmens Prologue Enter Chorus I have been pondering this post for a while now. Quite a while, actually - I started it sometime in August. The question Lance is considering was, in... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
Would like to briefly share my philosophy on history. It's short and to the point, I think: History is not all about dates; for us, as human beings, the only remembrance many will leave are the dates on their tombstones,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
I am going to make a very rare, very personal statement about Neil Armstrong: I am so saddened by Neil Armstrong's passing a few hours ago. I had the deep honor and pleasure to have met him on two occasions.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
I am nearing the end - really, the final end - of the remaining research for my dissertation. The next several months will be spent in reflection and writing (and checking, checking and rechecking source material) - then final submission... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
When I was an undergrad at Northwestern University, I studied early English interpretations - particularly those printed during the reign of England's Queen Elizabeth I, and the *very* early portion of James I's time on the throne - of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 29, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life In this day of the drumming up and beating down of heroes, as is wont to happen particularly in election years in which candidates want to evoke the names of their own illustrious predecessors (think Reagan, Kennedy, Roosevelt, Lincoln),... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
The Cincinnati Subway is a rather interesting odd chapter in the history of the old Midwest, and this one bears a bit of a retelling. Now I must reveal I am not originally from Memphis; I hail from the Buckeye... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
A Quick Introductory Note: First, I need you to be aware that, since I am a professional historian and history teacher, my discussion is geared almost exclusively toward the writing of the history paper. However, nearly all of it holds... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
Teaching 101 Teaching is a wondrous process for both faculty and student. Not only am I forced to learn my subject areas to the point I can readily engage students in the art of critical thinking via showing other points... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2012 at Notes From a PhD Life
I am still brainstorming some of the things I should include in the next iteration of the class - which is just around the corner.Would you mind giving me some feedback if you have an opportunity? You can click the comments button below and it will hit my inbox for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!
Well, isn't this a coinkidink?? Disaster 1878 : First victim of Memphis yellow-fever epidemic dies Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!
Because of the issues we have been having with the software this week, I will extend the discussion board submissions until Sunday, August 14, 2011, at 5:00 pm. This is the same time as the Extra Credit submission due date/time. Laura Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2011 at Welcome 2030-M50!