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Cleaning Up/Out

This weekend, I had two dreams about cleaning out my school/campus office. This comes right after I did in fact clean out my most recent campus office. Was it a bittersweet moment leaving it behind? Actually, no; it was just another step towards retirement. Although the actual process of cleaning out my office took severalContinue reading “Cleaning Up/Out”


The reason, or excuse, that I’ve been giving for the lack of new podcast episodes has been: time. The last semester of my teaching career has been incredibly busy. But now, as retirement creeps in, I get to have that one valuable resource that I’ve needed for so long. Currently, though, I have no goodContinue reading “Soon…soon…”

Which of These Things Is Not Like the Other?

So I “unofficially” started my retirement yesterday—May 1! May Day! And yet it somehow doesn’t seem exactly real, for a few reasons. First of all, my official retirement date is August 31, the real 17-years-after-starting cut-off date. Also, I haven’t begun the whole medicare, social security, and pension dance yet. But finally, the real reasonContinue reading “Which of These Things Is Not Like the Other?”

Almost There…

There are 15 days until commencement: that’s my unofficial retirement date. The true date is at the end of the summer, 17 years from when I started. Meanwhile I head toward the end of the semester, waiting for overdue papers, papers that are still due, and a mountain of grading to get through before IContinue reading “Almost There…”

The Crush Is On

I am retiring at the end of this semester of teaching. People inevitably have two questions: 1) What will you do after retirement? and 2) Are you counting down the days? The first question is often asked with a slight negativity infused into it. I am a college professor; how could I possibly consider leavingContinue reading “The Crush Is On”


Maybe I should call this entry “multitasking” but a) I do that all day long, and b) I tend to think of my projects as different tracks, like in GarageBand: one starts, one stops, another starts, and then sometimes they run concurrently. A few months ago, Greensburg and Latrobe, PA installed new traffic and crosswalkContinue reading “Multitracking”

Watchers of the Dawn

A few years back, I had an idea for a novel. Using two NaNoWriMos (National Novel-Writing Months) and some meeting with students about some of my ideas, I fleshed out the narrative. I had originally hoped to create a graphic novel, but writing the actual novel made more sense at the time. I had thenContinue reading “Watchers of the Dawn”


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