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Even Negative Results Are Useful

I’ve hesitated to publish this post, as I don’t want readers to get the wrong idea. I don’t want you feel sorry for me, and I’m not ‘brave’ for writing it (see Kelly Sundberg’s blog post for some of the hidden connotations of being called brave). I don’t need some kind of intervention: I have…

dome glacier

Working hard versus doing too much

Lately I’ve been doing Too Much. What tipped me off? Because last week I slept for almost 29 hours straight, with a couple of breaks for meals. I could have slept an extra 10 hours the next day, but decided to join the land of the living and attempt to be semi-productive. To me, doing…

irises

Managing Your Mental Health in Academia

A few years ago, when I was still in academia, we had a meeting of scholars who were part of the university’s Water Institute. We were each given five minutes and two Powerpoint slides in which to introduce ourselves, our research group, and give a rundown of what we were working on, with the idea…

BullyBoyTattoo

Searching for silence

6 am is the best time to be up in our neighbourhood, especially on a Sunday morning. Sometimes the rooster across the street crows, but otherwise all you hear is the calling of a myriad of birds and the busy buzzing of the bees on the California lilac just below the living room window. There’s…