thebluemuse, phd

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‘How porcupines make love’: Because why not

May 5, 2015
‘How porcupines make love’: Because why not

The first time I walked past, I was sure I'd misread the title. The hallway filled with between class bodies, and I couldn't get close enough to investigate without interrupting the flow. The second time, I knew. That book on the floor of the long hall...

When your imagination wears you out

May 4, 2015
When your imagination wears you out

I heard the back door click the way it does when I'm trying to leave it ajar so when I carry the next load of groceries in, I can push it open without turning the knob. When I see a light on in the office, too, I bolt upright.It's 3:30 a.m.Someone is i...

All the feels

May 3, 2015
All the feels

Anger. Irritation. Sadness. Engagement. Chagrin. Satisfaction. Pride. Possibility.As a researcher, I'm interested in how emotion influences communication. When I'm angry, how do I communicate differently than when I'm sad? Or happy? Or bored? Or smug? ...

Helping things grow

May 3, 2015
Helping things grow

Sometimes, it's literal--cultivating veggies and flowers. Often, it's educational--helping students learn and expand their thinking. Frequently, it's personal--generating ideas and new skills. My passion, as it turns out, is helping things grow.New in ...

To selfie or not to selfie

May 1, 2015
To selfie or not to selfie

They're supposedly related to narcissism and insecurity. I've read about people taking selfies at funerals*, during sex, with a zebra, while crashing a plane, and doing just about anything else you can imagine.NaBloPoMo May 2015's theme is Photo. ...

Don’t borrow trouble

Apr 7, 2015
Don’t borrow trouble

I don't remember too many Bible verses from my church school days (horrible, because those days really numbered in years). But one that has always stuck with me is Matthew 6:34, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itse...

Don’t borrow trouble

Apr 7, 2015
Don’t borrow trouble

I don't remember too many Bible verses from my church school days (horrible, because those days really numbered in years). But one that has always stuck with me is Matthew 6:34, "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itse...

Childhood dreams

Apr 6, 2015
Childhood dreams

We made them crowd into the shed, sweltering in the Sacramento summer. It was our "classroom." And by golly, we had signed binder paper permission slips from their parents which meant that even if we had to chase them, our siblings would comply. For aw...

Childhood dreams

Apr 6, 2015
Childhood dreams

We made them crowd into the shed, sweltering in the Sacramento summer. It was our "classroom." And by golly, we had signed binder paper permission slips from their parents which meant that even if we had to chase them, our siblings would comply. For aw...

It’s not Easter without lamb cake

Apr 5, 2015
It’s not Easter without lamb cake

"Old fashioned lamb cake... Just like you remember."Old fashioned lamb cake, definitely the funniest dessert I've ever seen. It reminded me of the armadillo groom's cake from the movie Steel Magnolias.It wasn't the description that sold my sister Emily...

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