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Blog articles offer practical advice, personal experiences, and responses to current events from the vantage point of life in academia.

By Ann Boyd

I started listening to Christmas music early this year. We usually adhere to a strict no-Christmas-music-before-Thanksgiving rule, but my need for comfort was so intense that I felt the call to stray from our usual practice the week before Thanksgiving...

By Ann Boyd

No matter what your political leanings, it’s a complicated time in the United States. There’s no debating the fact that roughly half (or more) of the country will be sorely disappointed when they awake on the morning of November 9...

By Lisa Rieck

In March, my second cousin, Sue, passed away unexpectedly. I knew her as a spunky, funny, adventurous woman, but I was unprepared for the number of people who attended her memorial service. Though there were well over 200 guests...

By Ashley Hales

I was 12 when I discovered how much I loved diagramming sentences. I’d fill cheap spiral notebooks with stories and journals with attempts at poetry. I read by the light of the headlights behind us on road trips...

By Andrea Ray

“You could be doing more, should be doing better, and really, what does that recent failed experiment say about you as a scientist?” That nagging little voice is colloquially known as imposter syndrome...

By Karen Stiller

I watched the older woman across the pub where my Master of Fine Arts cohort was gathering for a meet-and-greet. We were there to get to know each other and chat about our creative nonfiction writing projects. This writer had arrived...

By Dorcas Cheng-Tozun

When our family moved to Nairobi, Kenya, a few months ago, I braced myself for what would be the most awkward part of our transition — having a house helper in our home every day. As foreigners and people with means...

By Heather Walker Peterson

My friend Caroline is reading the Old Testament passage and Psalm. She tucks her hair back behind her ears, bending over the lectern. (This is a friend who tears up when she holds out the goblet of wine to me during the Eucharist: “The cup of salvation.”) She is reading a portion of Ruth...

By Nancy Pedulla

She walks about twelve blocks, rides a train for ten minutes, and walks four more blocks. She is dressed professionally and travels with a rush of other morning commuters.  She walks in the door of her office, less than seven miles...

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