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On actually achieving goals

A few years ago, I read a short article about how of the people who make resolutions in January, more than half will …

22 Goals for 2022

A couple weeks ago, my social media timelines were alive with people discussing their top 2021 accomplishments. My first thought? I survived. …

stack of coffee cups precariously balanced

Ruminations on the work/life balance lie

Full disclosure: I hate the phrase “work/life balance.” The phrase and associated societal conversations are too simplistic and set an unrealistic bar, especially …

Trying (and failing) to care less

Normally when a new semester starts, I think about what I want to accomplish–for myself professionally, with my students, in the department/university. …

101 Pat-Downs

One of the scariest things about publishing a book? Waiting for the feedback. I’ve been on pins and needles the last couple …

A dozen years of musing

Whoa. This morning Facebook reminded me that The Bluest Muse turned 12 yesterday.  (And yes, I missed it. Again.) Twelve whole years …

101 Pat-Downs Cover

Happy birthday 101 Pat-Downs!

Drum roll, please… It’s officially book day!! What started in Cactus Land 11 years ago and finished in Sacramento during a pandemic is …

Walter and Clyde

21 Goals for 2021

When I wrote my “20 Goals for 2020” last New Year’s day, I had no idea how prescient some of my plans …