No One Reads My Dissertation — But That’s Okay

On May 14, 2006, I graduated with my PhD in Literature. When I shortly -- and fortunately -- became a full-time faculty member of a community college a month after this photo was taken (yay employment with full benefits!), I realized that the "publish or perish" rat-race of tenure-track scholarship no longer applied to me. … Continue reading No One Reads My Dissertation — But That’s Okay

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10: Physicists, Philosophers & Fools for God

Thanks to my infant baptism and then subsequent Sunday school classes that lead up to my first Confession and Communion when I was eight years old, I had saints’ cards, prayer cards, and even a “How to Receive the Sacrament of Penance” card. However, not once did I read the actual Bible. Even though I … Continue reading 10: Physicists, Philosophers & Fools for God

2: A Brown Kid on Guam and Three Investigators on the Prairie

While our belongings were trucked and then flown to Guam on a military cargo plane, my dad drove us in a 1977 Chevrolet Caprice Classic Station Wagon. It was dark brown with fake wood paneling on the sides, with a burnt orange headliner inside. Oh yes, it was 1970s styling. We drove across the continental … Continue reading 2: A Brown Kid on Guam and Three Investigators on the Prairie

1: How a Navy Nomad Learned English

“English is my third language but it’s the only language I know.” In reviewing grammar and syntax to my students, I would often say this, usually when I’m commiserating with them. Standard English – the speaking, reading, writing of “educated” English fluency – isn’t easy for both non-native and native speakers. What’s weird about me … Continue reading 1: How a Navy Nomad Learned English