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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“11 In the Beginning” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

11  In the Beginning    AJ Fitzpatrick settled in her chair, staring at the darkened ceiling above her as the keynote speaker droned through the expected points of a commencement speech – the importance of an education, of life-long learning, of making a difference, of giving back to society.  The other fellow graduates around her seemed … Continue reading “11 In the Beginning” from YE WATCHERS AND YE HOLY ONES

An Interview with Prof. Rufel F. Ramos

Back in May 2017, a journalism student interviewed me as an assignment and then made it into a very very VERY low-budget video. I didn't know until a few months ago that he uploaded it on YouTube with the privacy settings set to the default "public". I'm not bothered by that because, well, I'm a … Continue reading An Interview with Prof. Rufel F. Ramos

“It’ll Be Over Faster than You Thought or Hoped To Be”

A few days ago, I read this Washington Post article, "Why Half of the Life You Experience Is Over By Age 7". While the person who shared it on Facebook commented on the importance of homeschooling her young children because their childhood ends so quickly, my thoughts went to the other side of the timeline … Continue reading “It’ll Be Over Faster than You Thought or Hoped To Be”

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