It occurs to me that nowhere in the past two posts did I mention where this blog fits into the picture.  But it definitely does.

I will continue blogging despite being hopelessly busy.  I will do this for several reasons:

  1. writing of ANY sort is a good thing.
  2. it helps me process things that are going on, whether they are worries about my schedule or new concepts that are coming up in my work or reading
  3. i have gotten some amazingly helpful comments to posts and hope those will continue

I will admit that this blog is taking on a more personal tone than I had originally intended.  I’m OK with that.  I read a whole pile of personal blogs from other academics and frankly it is helping me in my journey.  Maybe this one will help someone else.

Or maybe I’ll just post pictures of my dogs….

This is Riley – he died about a year ago from Lymphoma at age 6.5.  He was the first dog I ever raised from a puppy, and the sweetest, most gentle dog you ever want to meet.  I still miss him.