Monthly Archives: June 2013

On teaching, writing, and teaching writing

In a recent conversation with my mother-in-law, I discussed my frustration with teaching writing.  She lamented that students really learned to write in high school and many secondary schools were failing at that task.  I wondered [aloud to her] whether … Continue reading

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Thank you, WordPress!

What an incredible weekend! My “Reflections on Mama, PhD” essay appeared on Freshly Pressed late Friday evening and the weekend has been a thrill. In 48 hours, I have been humbled by the 666 folks who have read (or even just … Continue reading

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Call me crazy

This post will not win me any friends, but I know that my reflections on Mama, PhD published last week resonated with others based on the support and feedback I’ve received from friends, colleagues and readers (including one of the … Continue reading

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Reflections on Mama, PhD

My husband bought me Mama, PhD as a graduation gift. He thought I would appreciate the stories about “motherhood and academic life.”  In under a week, I tore through the anthology.  Divided into four sections, the editors captured women’s stories … Continue reading

Posted in academia, family, fatherhood, gender equality, grad school, higher education, kids, lessons learned, marriage, motherhood, parenthood, reading, women, work, writing | 78 Comments

Ease in….

A year ago, a dear friend encouraged me to join her in a “Couch to 5K” running program. Before I had my kids, I ran for exercise, but I was hardly a “runner.” Never terribly “sporty,” I have been trying … Continue reading

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