• Life

    14 Years Ago The World Changed

    I don’t really have much to say that hasn’t been said a million times by a million people in a million different ways. Instead I’m going to share a poem I stumbled across on Tumblr earlier that felt particularly poignant this afternoon as I marinated in my own memories of that horrible day and bawled my eyes out over this. “Searchers” by D. Nurkse We gave our dogs a button to sniff, or a tissue, and they bounded off confident in their training, in the power of their senses to re-create the body, but after eighteen hours in rubble where even steel was pulverized they curled on themselves and stared…

  • Book Love,  History Love,  Magpie Reviews

    All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque

    God, I forgot how soul sucking this book was. I decided on a whim as Jim and I were perusing through the bookstore weekend before last to pick up a copy of All Quiet on the Western Front. I had read it in college as part of one of my core History classes – back when my head was filled with dreams of being a famous novelist and History was just something interesting and extra to fill spots in my course schedule – and had enjoyed it then. Even then I was drawn to the dark and brutal honesty of the prose. But once I was finished, I promptly put…

  • School School School

    Back to School Week: Academic Advice from the Other Side of the Desk

    So here we are at our last Back to School Week (that turned into two weeks because I’m still not quite back in the blogging groove) Post for this year! Some academic advice direct from your resident student-turned-professor. Being relatively young for a prof certainly has it’s benefits in being able to give this kind of advice because I am both familiar with professor expectations (having them myself!) and remember keenly what it’s like to be a student. So here are Magpie’s top 9 pieces of academic advice for the college student! Go to office hours. Seriously. Your professors have that time specifically set aside to meet with and help…