Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Getting Through the Dog Days

On summer days, I would rather....
grab a cup of Edge Coffee with a dear friend,
eat Salt & Straw ice cream with someone special,
or try a cronut at Joe's Donuts in my home town...
than get my writing goals done for the summer.  
BUT, write I must (and so must you, I am sure!).

So, I listen to a few (eclectic!) songs to get me going, including:
1. Foo Fighter, Walk.  
2. Beyonce, Love On Top.
3. KINGOS, Come with Me Now.
4. David Guetta (ft. Sia), Titanium.
5.  Billy Joel, Movin' Out.

We are just about one month away from classes beginning.  Just one more month to write, write, write while you still can!  

Godspeed to you and to me - August is almost upon us!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Coffee at KAM's

I just picked up a delicious latte from KAM's coffee house at George Fox Evangelical Seminary.  I'm thrilled to be teaching at GFES for the next two years as a fellow at the Louisville Institute, so I'm sure I'll drink many more while I'm there with students and colleagues.  Cheers to two great years!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Thinking of Starting Grad School? Here's What You Need.

I am often asked by students: what does it take to succeed (code: finish!) in graduate school?   Of course there are many qualities that successful students share: enthusiasm, creativity, work ethic, a killer research project, a good advisor, etc.  But the one virtue I recommend that students develop above all is the ability to work through discouragement.  Graduate work, for all of its wonders, is one of the most disheartening, lonely endeavors that you will ever undertake.  Of course, it will also be one of the most extraordinary, revelatory adventures of your life. I don’t think a single Ph.D. would disagree with me when I tell you that you are going to have to slog through hours, days, weeks, months, or even years of gloom in pursuit of the prize.  You will feel discouraged – a lot (code: most!) of the time. 

But trust me, the moments of illumination that you will receive as a result of your labors will be glorious.  It just takes perseverance. 

So, for those of you about to rock grad school, I salute you. 

For those of you already in the depths of graduate despair, it won't last forever!

To all of you, I submit this lovely piece of encouragement by Ira Glass on the rewards awaiting those who work through the gloom.