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Margaret Mary Vojtko and me

Recently, a longtime adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University died after suffering a heart attack. Although she had taught at Duquesne for 25 years, Margaret Mary Vojtko died nearly penniless and without health benefits. She was not even earning $25,000 … Continue reading

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Of fences in the front

A friend mentioned to me today that I still don’t have my front fenced in, after our rash of weird thefts. So why not?  My mortgage situation has resolved as well as it can right now. I guess I have … Continue reading

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What led me to the life academic…

Long list.  Long. 1. A natural love of research (just curiosity, enacted, really), stretching back to childhood. “Dad, will you drive me to the library?” Eventually, the librarians began to know me, my father would leave me there, setting a … Continue reading

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Cash flow woes?

What can I really afford from my income now that I have a somewhat smaller mortgage? Well, the mortgage. Basic sustenance of household. Some extras like the internet and cable TV. Pray nothing goes wrong with the house and nothing … Continue reading

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Jill of many trades, master of none.

This is how I’ve been feeling for a few weeks. I know this comes from what has changed in my life, health-wise, career-wise, and personally, over the last three years. Three years ago, a hard diagnosis. Two years ago, a … Continue reading

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Talking about Country

I came home from a day in kindergarten where I was told I was a hillbilly because I “talked funny.” At dinner that night I asked my dad if that was true, “Am I a hillbilly, daddy?”  I expected  an … Continue reading

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Sadness as a Spiritual Ecology

Sadness is not necessarily the same as depression. Consider that maybe sadness (not depression, which is a being stuck-ness) has a value.  It can turn us inward. It can promote reflection.  It can lead us toward gratitude for what we … Continue reading

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