Gandhi

We arrived in Pune, India, late last night from Chennai. Today's adventure consisted of a three-hour nap, followed by a buffet lunch. Once we gathered ourselves and overcame some of the travel tiredness, we headed out to see the Aga Khan Palace, built in 1892. It is the place where Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi,... Continue Reading →

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Chennai, India

Breeanne and I are now in Chennai, India. We have met such wonderful people. They are warm and caring. While we have met with many women for our research and gotten to know their professional habits and aspirations well, we have also seen many people on the streets who are curious and helpful. The traffic... Continue Reading →

Quiet for Kids

Several years ago, I posted about Susan Cain's book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a Word that Can't Stop Talking. I loved the book. I loved its message. Today I'm posting about my daughter's reaction to reading Cain's adaptation of that book for kids, called Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts (2016). Here... Continue Reading →

Sister Editors

This academic study called Our Sister Editors: Sarah J. Hale and the Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Women Editors (1995) contains historical, cultural, composition, literacy, and rhetorical elements of the nineteenth century. Patricia Okker's research in this book gave me insight into how to approach research on a periodical that was published in Utah from 1872... Continue Reading →

“Mom, what’s AIDS?”

Olivia turned to me while she worked on her homework. They were studying microbiology in sixth grade last week, and because Olivia wants to be an epidemiologist, she had been intrigued by this unit of science. "Mom, what is a disease that hasn't been cured yet?" "AIDS," I replied. "Mom, what's AIDS?" she responded. My... Continue Reading →

PhD Done

I graduated on Friday. It was a momentous and wonderful occasion. Here are some pictures. From left to right, that's me, my dissertation adviser and mentor-extraordinaire Dr. Ryan Moeller, then Dr. Keith Grant-Davie, another mentor and dissertation committee member, and then Dr. Adam Bair, one of my favorite colleagues who graduated with me. We were... Continue Reading →

Fiction Friday: Chapter 8

Read previous chapters here. Chapter 8 Leda is tired. The lines on her face seem to be getting deeper, and sleep is becoming a hard-to-obtain luxury. She has no energy for cooking, no time for herself. Walt is recovering, something she isn’t quite sure of the meaning, and the nurse has been dismissed. Leda cares... Continue Reading →

#feministlifestyle

I recently heard that I was living a "feminist lifestyle." I'm not sure what that means. The comment wasn't meant to be derogatory, but it came off that way, given that my "feminist lifestyle" is something that had to be approved of. I would like to think that most women in the United States these... Continue Reading →

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