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Moving on...

Much of my writing in this blog has been a way of processing my feelings of grief from losing people close to me. However, there are many forms of grief, as I was discussing in a twitter chat today (#SaturdaySchool).  286 more words

Life And Family

Reader Question: Recent PhD Grad Seeks Advice on Job Hunting

A reader, E, has a question for the blogosphere. I am retelling the original email to better anonymize the case (as per E’s request). I think I managed to capture the gist of the experience; E, if something is incorrect, please let me know. 1,637 more words

Got to (mostly) love a PhD

Hi all, it’s been a long time since I last posted. The main reason for this is the reason why I have this blog in the first place: the PhD. 790 more words


The University of Terrible

As an addendum to our post yesterday, we have learned more about vaccines in Canada.

A ‘University of Toronto’ (actually the Scarborough Campus, which, in the time I worked there, didn’t even bother to pretend that it was anything other than a cynical attempt to cash in on the first and second generation Canadians in the area who wanted to go to school close to home) ‘professor’ (actually a spousal hire– her husband is a dean) is using the school’s imprimatur to push ‘alternative vaccines’ and a whole suite of homeopathic garbage. 181 more words


Judgemental garbage lady

Sometimes I avoid writing like it’s the Bubonic plague and I’m a peasant in the 1300s. Avoid the plague or die.

Because writing makes me think and thinking makes me realize everything I’m frustrated about, everything I sweep under the rug in my brain. 343 more words

Lessons Learned

Violent Shades of Sewage

With the current popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey, both the trilogy and the movie, I have begun to notice in some online journals, and in some student writing, an uptick of stories about violence against women. 836 more words

Short Stories

Jennifer Saul on women in philosophy in phil magazine

In the latest issue of Philosopher’s Magazine Jennifer Saul describes the dearth of women in philosophy, lists a number of causes and describes some remedial steps. 206 more words