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Hello everyone, it’s been a while

Hi readers! Sorry I haven’t been around much over the last few weeks; summer is conference season and I have alternately been on planes, in hotels, and trying to recover from being on planes and in hotels. However now I am home again, hopefully for the next few months at least, so normal-ish service should resume. As much as ‘normal’ can be applied as a moniker around here, anyway.

So, what have I been up to?  Continue reading “Hello everyone, it’s been a while”

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Why Do We Bother?

I am so tired. So tired of friends asking how I am, and then if I tell them, saying “Well maybe you should go to the doctor.”

Tired of going to the doctor and not being believed, having my symptoms dismissed, because… why? I’m a woman? I don’t know why, but all I can say for sure is that I have never been to the doctor about something which has turned out to be nothing, and yet that’s what they expect to happen every. fucking. time.  Continue reading “Why Do We Bother?”

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Home

When I went to South Carolina in 2015, I didn’t want to come back. It’s the only place I’ve ever been where I cried in the airport and didn’t want to get on the plane. Not because I’m afraid of flying – on the contrary, in the sky is one of my favourite places to be – but because I didn’t want to leave Myrtle Beach.

This time I loved it again. But by the time it got to Sunday morning, I was ready to leave. I think the difference was that now I have a home to go back to.  Continue reading “Home”

Personal, Travel

What do you dream of doing one day?

The other day I went to visit the Franklin G. Burroughs art museum in Myrtle Beach. It was fantastic – they have a brilliant exhibition at the moment called The Water’s Fine which features works of art relating to water. Most are about the ocean, which feels appropriate for a museum that’s next to the sea.

I loved some of the art so much that I’m seriously considering emailing them to ask how much it’d cost to buy it and ship it to England. A lot, though, I’d imagine.  Continue reading “What do you dream of doing one day?”

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No, you really don’t want my brain

So often people say to me, “I wish I had a brain like yours!”

No, you don’t.

What they mean is ‘I wish were more academic and I wish I could write about quantum physics and have a better understanding of philosophy and human psychology’ and sure, I get that. Although I fail at several of those myself from time to time. But I know what people mean: they see status updates about writing papers, they notice how many books I read on a weekly basis. I will admit to a certain kind of scholarly intelligence.

That does come at the expense of other kinds, though. Perhaps not for everyone (and perhaps I’m just a living tired cliché), but certainly for me.  Continue reading “No, you really don’t want my brain”

Miscellaneous, Personal, Philosophy

A Quick Question About History In The Future

When history looks back on you, assuming you’re not a direct perpetrator of injustice, which statement will be made about your life?

“They stood up for what was right, even though it was unpopular.”
“They couldn’t really help it, they were just a product of their time.”

Continue reading “A Quick Question About History In The Future”