Monthly Archives: August 2014

Day 233: Transition

I’veĀ  noticed something recently, which has made a little concerned: I have struggled more in the past week or so writing this blog than I have over the past 32 weeks. I don’t think I am “running out of steam,” … Continue reading

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Day 232: Relate

I’m still very much “the new guy” on campus, but I am starting to find “my tribe.” This morning, for example, I spent an hour over coffee talking with two other faculty members from another department about overlapping research interests … Continue reading

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Day 231: Reschedule

My geriatric semi-wild cat was quite disgruntled this morning. We have built a nice morning routine together over the past three weeks. I get the coffee going, shave, and then when the coffee is ready, I pour myself a cup … Continue reading

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Day 230: Apportion

Sufficient unto the day are the committee meetings thereof. It’s been a long first day of meetings at the university, and tomorrow will be the first day of classes. It is also the first day of school for my kids. … Continue reading

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Day 229: Tour

I took the kids on another Sunday field trip–this time, quite literally to a field, on top of a ridge. We went to Grayson Highlands Park, just over the line in Virginia, and just a couple of miles away from … Continue reading

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Day 228: Localize

It turns out that our local community really is a local community. There are lots of locally owned businesses, and in fact, there is even a local discount card to encourage folks to buy from local merchants. We also have … Continue reading

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Day 227: Tarry

OK, here we are–it’s the last weekend before classes start, for me and for my kids. I know there are things around my house that need my attention, but I think our time will be better spent between now and … Continue reading

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Day 226: Pocket

Once upon a time, there was a would-be minimalist and sometime adherent of Thoreau-by-way-of-Gautama-and-Fox, who told himself he would remember to stow away his cell phone as often as he could, as a way of helping him to be more … Continue reading

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Day 225: Obey

OK, I’m not exactly proud of today’s entry, but: I got a speeding ticket tonight. I could probably give you some really good reasons why I didn’t deserve a ticket. After all, the Ranger was at the bottom of a … Continue reading

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Day 224: Lunch

Back in Atlanta, my campus was over twenty miles away from my home. It made for a long drive in, and a long drive back. It also meant that in a lot of ways, my life on campus and my … Continue reading

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