Friday
Aug272010

Ballet in the Rain...

 

I awoke this morning to the boom of thunder and the sound of raindrops dancing on my roof. After a long week of new adjustment, the torrential downpour outside of my window is making my bed seemingly all the more inviting.

But alas, the week is not quite over yet and my office calls me in once more. The last four days have been terrific, and if they are any indication of how the next two years will be, then I do believe I am going to thoroughly enjoy being a graduate student. But enough about that, time to grab my umbrella and rain boots. Looks like it’s going to be a ballet in the rain kind of day!

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Thursday
Aug262010

An Ocean and a Rock...

 

There are some things in life that you just love. They make you smile. They bring a warm feeling to your soul. Lisa Hannigan is one of those things for me. I don't think I ever get tired of hearing this woman sing. Shear beauty. Ever since her "amicable" breakup with Damien Rice, she's become an artist all her own. Lovely. Lovely. Lovely.

 Also, I uploaded new videos of my music (here)...

 

I hope your Thursday is going as well as you wish. Enjoy! Related Posts with Thumbnails

Wednesday
Aug252010

Anna Carrolling...

Last Spring I took a Seminar entitled The Politics of Food. The course discussed every aspect of food from the companies who make the pesticides used to spray the crops, to the marketing of goods in grocery stores, to how the body processes different food components. We based our studies on the works of Michael Pollan, Eric Schlosser, and Upton Sinclair. Farmers, nutritionists, economists, and genetic scientists came and lectured the class on their specialty in the topic of food. It truly was a fascinating course, although I’m pretty sure that at some point in the semester every student developed at least a minute form of othorexia. Let’s just say that during this class vending machine guilt was at its highest rate ever. The seminar was instructed by an English professor, Dr. Gregory Tomso, and his Graduate Teaching Assistant, Anna Carroll.

I think that everyone has an Anna Carroll in their life. Someone you know not even all that well that just sticks with you and makes you smile. A brief interaction, but a lasting impression. 

Anna has a way with words. She’s one of those people who can make even the simplest of sentences sound intelligent. She’s a tremendous storyteller whose digressions are brilliantly entertaining; so good in fact that I’m pretty sure I’ve used her name as a verb. She is absolutely comparable to Rebecca Hertz of NPR’s Snap Judgment. During our breaks she and Julia, another English major in our class, would casually discuss works by Wadsworth, the Bronte sisters, Hemingway, and a whole slew of others. Their attention to detail and theories on story concepts were mind boggling. I often felt I had nothing to add to the conversation, so I’d just sit and listen.

A recent Faceboook invite reminded me that Anna will soon be packing up her bags and heading to the Pacific Northwest.  She was accepted at the University of Oregon and was awarded a full assistantship as a doctoral candidate in the english department. Dr. Anna Carroll. It has a nice ring to it.

She is my proof that it can be done. A Pensacola native can receive their Bachelors and Masters from the University of West Florida and then be granted a full assistantship to a doctoral program at a major university. Anna Carroll, you are hope!

I hope you like the change in location. I’ve only ever heard wonderful things about the state of Oregon.

Have a fantastic Wednesday! Enjoy!

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Tuesday
Aug242010

A Tuesday Melody...

Last month I drove out to Austin, Texas to visit my lovely sister Jessica at her swanky Residence at the Domain apartment that overlooks a Starbucks and an Apple Store. As I peered out the window of her third floor apartment, I noticed a new addition to the row of shops below: Anthropologie. Now I had heard great things about this store, but had never entered one myself. Needless to say I was giddy to head down and check it out. As I entered the store I smiled back to the young red-headed sales clerk, Hilary, and began to take in all that is Anthropologie. As I was perusing through their selection of dresses I heard a voice singing through the speakers overhead. I immediately stopped and asked Jessica if she knew the artist singing the song. She gave me her all too familiar “give me a minute” face and busted out her iPhone 4 to shazam the tune.

Melody Gardot...

As soon as we were back in the apartment I jumped on iTunes and downloaded the song. It’s smooth and jazzy, reminiscent of the greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, and Nina Simone. I love it.

I’ve deemed it the perfect song for a Tuesday. Enjoy!

 

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Monday
Aug232010

Welcome Back Knowledge...

 

I once saw a comedian at a CAB event at the University of West Florida. He was making a joke about how lame his high school mascot had been. They were the bees. He was going on about how most schools have fierce mascots like the gators, or the tigers, or the bulldogs. He again emphasized that his mascot was a measly bee. He then asked the audience what UWF’s mascot is. Someone from the crowd yelled to him, “The Argonauts.”

(Crickets....)

A blank stare crossed his face and he realized that the joke had been ruined. Apparently you can have a mascot that is lamer than a bee... an Argonaut. At least people know what bees are. Most students wouldn’t even be able to begin to explain what an Argonaut is. I’m here to help with that:

According to Greek Mythology, an Argonaut  is one who sailed with Jason on the Argo in search of the Golden Fleece. The word Argonaut can also be used to describe a person who is engaged in a dangerous but rewarding quest; an adventurer.

It’s as simple as that. Like my dear friend Maryanne Vaughn would always say, now you know and knowing is half the battle.

For all of you heading back to school, I hope you have a great first day!! Enjoy!

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