Life

TOFTS

I turned 40 last year.  It’s an age that’s supposed to be a cause for anxiety, denial, and concern, especially for women.  But for me, it was pretty much the opposite of that. Turning 40 was both revelatory and celebratory, in that I slowly came to realize that I have learned, grown, and accomplished quite […]

Adventures in Gardenscaping – Update

So, the thing about doing yard work is that it is never-ending. There is ALWAYS something else that needs to be done: move that plant there, dig a hole here, reposition those rocks over there, dispose of the raccoon/cat/squirrel/god-only-knows-where-that-came-from poop in the middle of the flower bed, etc. At some point, though, you just have to put down […]

On Death and Distance

Last night, Tricia emailed me to say that David, a wonderful man we knew from an online forum to which we all once belonged, has died due to complications from neurosurgery. They are planning to take him off life support tomorrow. I hadn’t been in touch with David in years, not since our online forum dissipated, […]

Adventures in Gardenscaping

When your home is over 90 years old, and has had multiple owners who have cared for it – or not – to varying degrees, there’s always a metric crap-load of work to be done, which can make it difficult to know where to start. “Luckily” for me and JustHusband, that decision was made for […]

Learning From Life ‘Beyond the Professoriate’

A short follow-up to the Career Day panel at Beyond the Professoriate Since I know we all could have spent another hour talking about our post-academic journeys, I wanted to share some of the insights I’ve gained thus far¹: 1) Follow your instincts. I said it during the panel and I’ll say it again.  Follow. […]

Teaching While Me, Redux: The Last Article

I hadn’t planned to write another post for this series.  After the last one, where I reflected on the loss of my academic library privileges, I thought that was it.  I was done. There was nothing more for me to say. As it turns out, I was wrong. I’d forgotten about the Last Article. I […]

Teaching While Me, Part Three: No More Pencils, No More Books…

Today, I discovered that I no longer have digital access to my university’s libraries.  The sense of loss wasn’t as great as I’d expected it to be. When I was nearing the completion of my doctorate, the thought of no longer having full access to all that knowledge was so heartbreaking, I was pretty much […]