On Claiming Your PhD

I didn’t attend my PhD convocation. I barely finished the degree itself, as I was struck by a deep depression in my last year of research. This was exacerbated by my family doctor prescribing an antidepressant that had seriously unpleasant side effects, which she then suggested I stop taking immediately. The withdrawal symptoms lasted for…

Coming to Terms with the Past

Since I had my knee injury I’ve been sitting around pretty much doing nothing. I regularly ice my knee, and do loops around the house on my crutches to keep the blood flowing. I look out the windows at my garden (which I should be out planting!), and enjoy feeling the spring sun come through…

Your Job Isn’t Who You Are

*Updated 1 Nov to add thanks to @jryancs.  It’s fall. The big leaf maples are shedding their leaves—a profusion of yellow, orange, and red covers the trail on our forest walk. I stay alert to the possibility of crossing paths with the bear that’s been wandering around our neighbourhood, but my ears are full of…

How’s Your Inner Life These Days?

Today instead of a Wednesday links post I’ve decided to write a regular post with a few links thrown in. —- Over the past few weeks I’ve been moving my office from our large spare room to our small one, in preparation for my mother-in-law moving into our home in September. Initially I liked having…