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Ww Have to Keep the Program Going, Right?

When I was in graduate school, we talked about professional ethics a lot.  Would it be acceptable to take a job with a company that developed chemical warfare, that polluted, that destroyed the natural environment, that trashed communities?  We veered … Continue reading

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Nobody’s Ally

I’m nobody’s ally.  Colleagues have stickers on their doors proclaiming that they are allies of this and that, but all I post is a sign-up calendar and (in winter) a notice proclaiming it to be the coldest office on campus. It’s … Continue reading

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A Monster Calls (if only!)

My book club read A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness. I understand that this book has been made into a movie.  Pro tip: if you want me to remain totally ignorant about something, just make it into a movie.  Anyway, I … Continue reading

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Yes, I’m one of those people who ignore climate change articles

I read an article this morning about why people ignore climate change articles, no matter how horrific the predictions are. I’m a big-time climate change article ignorer, even though I’m not skeptical about its existence at all, so I thought I … Continue reading

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It’s Just Too Hard to Learn, I Guess

I have the nicest, most analytic and open-minded set of online friends possible, but there is one topic on which I can always start an argument with someone. All I have to do is post something against demonizing groups of … Continue reading

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Why I am not Burned Out on Writing

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has had a few writing posts about burnout lately.  This one came at an odd time for me, because I have just had an ‘aha’ moment with the WIP which reminded me why I’m not burned out … Continue reading

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Seizing Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

Over last weekend, even the conservatives I follow online were becoming OK with taking down those Jim Crow-era confederate monuments. There was a little rumbling in the form of left-siders feeling a need to argue that no, those monuments were … Continue reading

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Forgiveness, really?

I can’t be the only person who sees stuff like this on their Facebook feed, but sometimes I think I’m the only person who is bugged by it. This is fake forgiveness. I mean, if someone said that to you, … Continue reading

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What Not To Do on Palm Sunday – and all the rest of the year, too.

I’m very easy-going about religion. I generally find religious stuff quaint and charming, even the stuff I’m actively involved in — and I am more actively involved in religion than almost any of my lay colleagues. I go to church every … Continue reading

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Unasked Questions

Thirty years ago, when I began my teaching career, I taught a course with a unit on natural selection.  I was qualified to teach this, having just finished a PhD in systematics; what’s more, I had spent the summer reading … Continue reading

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