Category Archives: personal

Time for a Reboot

In the coming days I intend to flush much of the election related content (at least to a back page or something like that).
Time to reinvent this space again.

Coming soon this week: Emotional Children for Men – What the X-men can teach us about fatherhood.

I’m reading…

New World Faiths: Religion in Colonial America – Jon Butler

Entertaining Satan: Witchcraft and the Culture of Early New England – John Putnam Demos

The Wretched of the Earth – Frantz Fanon

The Mediterranean Vol. 1 – Fernand Braudel

Empires of the Atlantic – John Elliot

The Portable Karl Marx – Ed. Eugene Kamenka

Welcome to the Monkey House – Kurt Vonnegut

The Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract – Bill James

The New Testament – Paul, Peter, James, John, etc.

Engaging God’s World – Cornelius Plantinga Jr.

Tao Te Ching – Lao-tse

So I Quit My Job Today…

I’ve decided that there is no way in Hell that I can get my thesis, my PhD applications, my coursework, my teaching, my conference work, etc., all done by the end of January. I’ve taken the plunge. We are now living solely on my teaching stipend (think mortgage and half of our groceries) and whatever we have in savings, which should – on a bare bones budget – last us a year. So here’s the thing…

I’m ecstatic! I’ve never felt more peaceful about an outwardly absurd decision in my entire life. I now have the freedom to devote all of my time to fleshing out my ideas, turning them into respectable pieces of writing as opposed to half-assed rush jobs that scream of “wasted potential”. The other bonus, is that we are now forced to live at a sustainable level, devoid of all excess. We’ve been talking about downsizing for months, and now we get a taste of what that will actually be like. I’m tired of wanting more than I need. I’m tired of needing.

This should be educational. Now that was just plain unintended and bad. Clearly time for sleep. More on this as it develops.

Average Life Expectancy

This is about the 5th attempt I’ve made at working my way into the blogosphere. In the past, most of my ramblings have been “academic”, which really only means that they’ve been loosely – very loosely – related to my study in the American Studies program at Michigan State. I’ve often dabbled in journaling, poetry, creative non-fiction, and short fiction. The problem is that I have yet to stick with, let alone finish, any of these writing endeavors. So with all of that said, it is with the most humbling expectation of failure that I present to you “Water and Spirit: meditations…”. May this project be the first to survive. You can find out more about me on my About page. Convenient.