Archive for the ‘Making A Mess’ Category

Autumn Travels

Thursday, October 1st, 2009

It could be the cold air that keeps my brain awake, alert and urges it to hold on to every incoming stimuli
    Pushes me further to remember the past.
Perhaps it is the inhalation of smoke, the smell of fire burning
    that ignites the primitive regions of my brain to come alive and viscerally respond.
Leaves and crisp air. Nostalgia and tears.
    All wrapped up together in a season, a few months of the year.

I Don’t Want A Pickle

Friday, June 12th, 2009

I just want to ride my motorsickle! Gotta love Arlo Guthrie.

Happy Rider

August 29th, 1852

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I’ve blogged about This Date, From Henry David Thoreau’s Journal blog before on my other blog, but I enjoyed todays entry so much I had to share it with the UMW community.

We boast that we belong to the Nineteenth Century, and are making the most rapid strides of any nation. But consider how little this village does for its own culture. We have a comparatively decent system of common schools, schools for infants only, as it were, but, excepting the half-starved Lyceum in the winter, no school for ourselves. It is time that we had uncommon schools, that we did not leave off our education when we begin to be men.

Funny how some things haven’t changed in the 150 years since Thoreau wrote those words. I also could not help but connect it to Barbara Ganley, who is exploring the idea of “uncommon schools” as we speak.

New Law

Tuesday, August 26th, 2008

Another school year at Mary Wash.
I have mixed feelings of excitement, nervousness, optimism, and cynicism.

So as promised when I started this blog, cheesy song lyrics for my current cynicism:

Derek Webb – A New Law

“Don’t teach me about politics and government,
just tell me who to vote for.
Don’t teach me about truth and beauty,
just label my music.

Don’t teach me how to live like a free man,
just give me a new law.

I don’t wanna know if the answers aren’t easy
so just bring it down from the mountain to me.”

Fighting against the daily grind of automated student activity.

Pouring the Concrete Foundation

Tuesday, November 6th, 2007

In an effort to kick start my brain again and create a place to make a glorious mess I’ve decided to dedicate this space to such subversive activities.

Right now I am on a mission to completely overhaul my approach to note-taking, studying, paper writing, etc. Realizing your sophomore year of college that you really never developed any study skills or any “plan of action” skills is a bit scary. Its alright though and if I may reference the Dixie Chicks (oh yes there will be plenty of cheesy song references as I feel they apply to my life) in their song “Wide Open Spaces” the chorus exclaims,
“She needs wide open spaces, room to make her big mistakes…”
College is the place for such bold experiments because I am tired of the same old boring day in and day out of classes.
So in my attempt to change my approach to studying and projects I have become very fond of the website Study Hacks. It has a lot of crazy innovative ideas that I am more than willing to try. The site is maintained by the author of the popular “How To Become A Straight-A Student“, and although this isn’t necessarily my goal it wouldn’t hurt to actually get good grades.

At the end of my four years at this University I want to be able to say I lived out these lyrics:

“Well, I fought with a stranger and I met myself
I opened my mouth and I heard myself
It can get pretty lonely when you show yourself
Guess I could have made it easier on myself

But I, I could never follow
No I, I could never follow”

-Dixie Chicks “The Long Way Around”