All posts tagged: PhD

Ease in the Difficulty: Finding Opportunity in Autumn’s Transition

Photo by Bruno Ramos Lara on Unsplash It finally feels like autumn in Pennsylvania. The wind is caressing the edges of our home, making the warmth inside seem like a cozy little pod in which to hunker down. Our flannels and chunky socks are out, the coffee pot is warm, and our noses are filled with spicy scents of our last meal. The fall is coming to me with messages of rest. For some reason, the weeks leading out of summer were hectic, strained, and defined by busyness – all of which I will readily give up. In order to combat the anxious spirits, I made a decision to wake up each morning at 5:45 A.M. (!!!) and settle deeply into a morning yoga and meditation practice. When this thought first flashed through my brain, I will admit that I (internally) shouted to my inner voice, “Are you kidding me? This will never work! I am not disciplined enough.” To my surprise, after a few weeks, I find myself eager to take the time to …

Ha Ha Tonka: Not just a state park.

It is October!! I failed to continue a working blog in the beginning weeks of my PhD program. Nevertheless, I will not let this keep me from the ultimate goal: a useful template to hash out ideas and to (eventually) provoke conversation between academics, bloggers, cultural historians, musicians, artists, students, military historians, colleagues, and et cetera. This is the “big goal,” but for now, I will stick to writing about things that interest me – just for the sake of writing about them. Blogging is a great stage to reject academic “lingo” in favor of a more enjoyable style. This week, with the help of the most [insert superlative] academic advisor, I started exploration into my dissertation focus. There will be more on this later. Today, I want to dive into a topic that I will not be able to pursue academically, but something seriously on my mind. I like music. Actually, I love music. One of the more difficult questions to answer is, “What kind of music do you listen to?” I feel like …