Blog

‘O Me! O Life!’: Taking My Own Advice

One of the shortest of Walt Whitman’s great poems, ‘O Me! O Life!’ was featured in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society: Robin Williams’s character recites it to his class. ‘O Me! O Life!’ contains many of the features of Walt Whitman’s greatest poetry: the free verse rhythm, the alternation between long and short lines, […] … Continue reading ‘O Me! O Life!’: Taking My Own Advice

The Power of Positive and Negative Talk

This semester I am teaching Interpersonal Communication for the first time. The class focuses on relationships and how they are formed, maintained, and/or destroyed through communication. One of the required readings for the course is the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. In Chapter 1 of the book, Gladwell discusses the psychologist John Gottman, author of … Continue reading The Power of Positive and Negative Talk

Jesus, Sex, and Controversy

One thing that continues to puzzle me about writing and blogging is why some posts get more attention than others. There are obvious reasons, such as when a post is controversial or speaks about a current event in a new way. For example: How many people would read this if it had the word sex … Continue reading Jesus, Sex, and Controversy

A Subacute Future / Coming Soon on the Blog

According to my brilliant doctor sister-in-law, my anxiety over the future is what the medical community might call "subacute." Besides the fact that I love having a new term to label it by, I also thought it was an apt description. From what I understand (in my limited capacity for medical terminology) an "acute" problem … Continue reading A Subacute Future / Coming Soon on the Blog

Stay Informed, With or Without Opinions

The last few weeks have lit the internet up with stories and opinions on every piece of tragic news. First there was the Israel and Palestine conflict, then Robin Williams death, and now the horrible situation occurring in Ferguson, MO. With each emerging story I have considered whether or not to write and share my … Continue reading Stay Informed, With or Without Opinions

When You Don’t Leave the House All Day

The car, the front door, and even shoes, are being neglected by me. This summer has provided me with many days where I don't need to leave the confines of my brother's house (where he and my sister-in-law have been kind enough to let me crash for the summer) and instead cocoon myself into its barriers. … Continue reading When You Don’t Leave the House All Day