“The World is Confusing”

This is my first blog post for Montana Parent Magazine in 2017.  I’ll link to the entire essay once it’s published: ***                My twins are only in the sixth grade, but they’ve already started attending school dances.  They love … Continue reading

post | Comments Off January 25, 2017

“Broken Man”

My family’s trip to Disneyland (etc.) involved a lot of twists and turns, a lot of hours behind the wheel and hours waiting in the hot sun.  I doubt I handled any of it well.  The story is told in … Continue reading

post | Comments Off January 16, 2017

Family Vacation: The Rest of the Way to Disneyland, Part Two

Note: The first leg of this family vacation from July of 2016 is detailed in an earlier post.  As I explained there, travel and traffic do nothing good to me.  The first truly long day of our drive took us … Continue reading

post | Comments Off August 15, 2016

“Family Vacation: Driving to Disneyland, Part One”

I do a monthly blog for Montana Parent Magazine, something I’ve done for years.  Normally, I don’t link that material to this blog, but my recent family vacation to Disneyland…  Well, here’s the first part of the post:  “Family Vacation: … Continue reading

post | Comments Off August 1, 2016

MLA Conference, December 2000: The Interviews & the Outcome

My first trip through the academic job market was a story with a happy ending, as long as I don’t think past the actual signing of my first tenure-track contract.  Even a slightly wider view destroys the whole fairy tale… … Continue reading

post | Comments Off June 24, 2016

MLA Conference, December 2000: The Pre-Conference Prep

Before the Internet changed the academic job market, applying for jobs, interviewing for jobs, and getting/not getting jobs was a radically different experience.  I considered writing about it and didn’t–not in a formal way.  I did however, write a long … Continue reading

post | Comments Off June 24, 2016

An Untitled Draft about a Dead Cat

Years ago, when we lived in Nevada, I had a terrible experience with a neighborhood cat.  There was an apartment complex on our street, and too many of the people who lived there drove far too fast, especially the owner … Continue reading

post | Comments Off May 3, 2016

Remembruary 14, “An Argument Over Carry-On Luggage at the Butte Airport”

On Sunday afternoon, I flew to SeaTac for a conference (literally just for the conference–got there at dinnertime on Sunday, went to bed early, had breakfast in the same ballroom most of the conference activities were in, went straight from … Continue reading

post | Comments Off March 2, 2016

Remembruary 13…a total bust

I had big plans for Remembruary 2016: writing every day for the whole month, just as I did back in November of ’15.  That plan lasted just under 1/2 of the month before I got too busy to keep up … Continue reading

post | Comments Off March 2, 2016

Remembruary 12, No One Here Gets Out Alive

Walking home from our haircut appointments, John pointed out, “You know, if there was a zombie apocalypse, there’s no way anyone would actually survive.” I agreed, pointing out, if I remember my exact words, that “any disease that’s 100% communicable … Continue reading

post | Comments Off February 17, 2016