Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Rich's Knees, Writing, and Life

I have made so many wonderful connections over the years through my blog.  I now like to keep you all updated on my "personal life."

Since I started my blog in 2012, I have been through a whole lot of life! Recovering from my now ex-wife's disability. Buying what I call my forever home. Sabbatical. Divorce. My turning 50! My "baby moving" out. My new lover and her children moving in. The start of my own MFA journey.  My coaching practice becoming an increasingly important part of my life and identity. My slipping slowly, and then not so slowly, into disability. I don't walk well anymore- I have to use a cane when I stand for any length of time.

So, now? A new phase of my adventure! I am getting two new knees! On January 5th, I will undergo a double knee replacement. Getting to this point has been emotional, scary, painful. But now, I am ready!! I am ready to walk well again. I am ready to explore the world again. I am ready for High Intensity Interval Training again, cycling, hiking.  I want to dance in Ibiza! I want to scale a volcano again. I just want my body to feel like mine, again. I am so very, very ready. Keep me in your thoughts during those couple of weeks after. But.....I'll Be Back 

And if you need me, if I can help, reach out! I might need that, emotionally, more than you do :)

Monday, November 27, 2017

End of Term Reflection

Too often, when scholars look back upon their academic terms, they only reflect upon their goals. It is more important to explore and deconstruct your processes; optimizing your working habits and tools is what will help you meet your long term goals. Here are a few questions to ask yourself.

1) Is my writing ritual working for me?
2) What thoughts and beliefs continue to impede my work?
3) Am I wasting time on tasks that do not fulfill me and don't help me?
4) What changes do I need to make?
5) Who can help me make these changes?

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Cool Podcasts on Writing

Writingexcuses.com has really great podcasts on writing. While the content is mostly for creative writers, there are some valuable recordings that can be inspiring and helpful to scholars.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Writing, With A View

I am at a wonderful coffeehouse in a small town about an hour from Tacoma. My view is a small, calm bay overlooking hills, dotted with trees holding onto the last shades of fall. I am working on an essay. I will stop now to do some grading. I breath, look out over the water. Life is good.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Words from Albert Einstein

While perhaps not the most sensitive of quotes, I believe he might have been speaking, if only a wee bit, to us.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

A writing day with a freind

Drove up to Bothell, an hour north of Tacoma. Meeting a friend for a writing day in a warm coffeehouse with a fire. There will be writing, chats about writing, more writing, lunch, more writing.

No expectations for outcomes. Will stay in process. Use all my tools. Stay present to myself and my work.

Life is good.