My Cell Phone Commandments

And Holly spoke all these words: (mostly in self-chastisement, but you can join the party if you wish) Thou Shalt Not Harbor Games, Social Media Apps, or Other “Busy” Apps on Thy Phone. Look, apps are cool. They’re convenient. But if you have them, you’re going to use them, making all the following a moot point. […]

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What I’m Reading

Well, first and foremost, lots and lots and lots of comps books. “Comps” is short for comprehensive exams, or the oral and written tests history (and other) PhD students take in order to move on to dissertation work. At William & Mary, to prepare for comps, we make four themed lists of about 80 books […]

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Courage

I spent a lot of my childhood wishing I were braver. I spent an entire summer afraid — and vocally so — of sliding down the pole on my next door neighbor’s swing set. It wasn’t high off the ground; I could have easily jumped the distance. But something about that short breach between the […]

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Summer Reading 2017

I haven’t quite figured out how to reckon with that last post. I want to reckon with it, and I will reckon with it, but I don’t know how yet. I will keep you posted. In the meantime, let’s talk about something we can always talk about, in dark days or light. Let’s talk about […]

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Failing

To be honest, I don’t want to write this post. I really, really don’t want to publish this post. But the thing is, I look back at my posts about applying to Master’s programs, and I realize that they’re drastically different from my experience applying to PhD programs. Both in applying and in hearing back. […]

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Friday

Hello! How are you this bright Friday? Here in Tidewater Virginia we’ve been having 70 degree days for almost the entire month of February. At first I resisted (because Spring. Ugh.), but now I’m resigned, and dare I say, delighted about the weather. Playing ultimate frisbee with your entire cohort, while a breeze blows and your […]

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A Question

I have a question for you today: If you could have any original piece of art hanging in your home, what would you choose? I would pick Andrew Wyeth’s Wind From the Sea. It’s always reminded me of summers in Washburn, Wisconsin, where wind would blow up from Lake Superior and freshen everything. P.S. An adventure […]

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When I Grow Up

You’ve Got Mail is my comfort movie. It’s the movie I watch when everything in my life seems to be closing in and the only remedy, really, is to dive under my covers and watch something that assures me, for approximately two hours, that everything will be all right. And so, thinking about this today, and about a […]

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Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th Birthday

It’s Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday today. She and I don’t see eye to eye on everything (notably: she didn’t believe that the government should help out struggling folks during the Great Depression, as HER family didn’t have “handouts” available when she was growing up. Argh.), but the fact is, she defined my childhood. Her […]

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What’s Going On

I’m always a little ashamed of these posts, because of course they mean that I haven’t blogged in a long time. They also mean, however, that I’m back with a vengeance. So, hello! I’m back. Cue the traditional theme music: My second (and final) semester of my history Master’s program has just begun. And guess […]

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