The Blue Muse

The Blue Muse Exemplified in the phrase "deep thoughts, but mostly other things," The Blue Muse is a general-interest blog focused on telling stories about travel, general aviation (non-commercial), cooking, teaching/post-graduate education, photography, communication and everything in between. Most posts feature interesting, humor-infused "slice of life" tales from a personal viewpoint.

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On teaching the day after the election

Nov 15, 2016
On teaching the day after the election

I’ve never really dreaded my job before. I’ve been more and less excited to teach, of course. Handing back bad grades or dealing with problematic behaviors is not something I relish. But Wednesday, the day after the election, I went to work with cold dread in the pit of my …

No words

Nov 9, 2016
No words

It’s possible I will have words tomorrow. But right now I’m still mostly stunned and gutted by the election results. Feels a lot like this: But the rational side of me realizes we’re all in this together, and unlike the celeb drama of 2007, we can’t watch from the sidelines …

Voting brought this nasty woman to tears

Nov 8, 2016
Voting brought this nasty woman to tears

Walking out of my polling place, I wasn’t prepared for the onslaught of emotion. I didn’t wear white. I didn’t wear a pantsuit. I didn’t get to put my sticker on Susan B. Anthony’s tombstone. But, I got to join millions in voting for the first female presidential candidate. What …

Reckoning the leaves of change

Nov 7, 2016
Reckoning the leaves of change

Today I walked around campus as it was snowing leaves of change. Yellow and orange flutters signaling a shift in season, so poignant on the eve of the most contentious election of my lifetime. Strolling under great canopies of color, I tried to concentrate on the Fall splendor and quell …

Happy links, in case you need a break from politics

Nov 6, 2016
Happy links, in case you need a break from politics

I don’t know about you, but I’m counting minutes until the election ends so that for better or worse, at least my social media and mailbox won’t be bursting with political ads (for awhile anyway). If you’re looking for a break from politics, may I recommend some serious cuteness, coolness, and …

Emotional states of a last-minute conference submission

Nov 5, 2016
Emotional states of a last-minute conference submission

One of the most painful post-graduate school realizations is that procrastination doesn’t magically heal itself and homework NEVER GOES AWAY. Case in point: Today’s conference paper deadline. That I’ve been planning for for six months. With the paper that I started working on in earnest a few weeks ago. That …

Magical thinking never works. Also: I hate cancer.

Nov 4, 2016
Magical thinking never works. Also: I hate cancer.

It’s probably because I watch too much Grey’s Anatomy, but I’m always so stupidly hopeful in the face of grave illness. I naively trust in Western medicine. And homeopathic remedies. And the power prayers and positive thinking. And I just hope. Because sometimes people do get better. Sometimes miracles happen. And so …

The Cubs won! And other things on my mind.

Nov 3, 2016
The Cubs won! And other things on my mind.

“How many innings are in baseball?” “Why does baseball take so long?” “A RAIN DELAY?” “Will this thing ever end?” Mr. T: “You don’t even care.” Me: “I know. But it’s cool to see everyone so excited online!” Like many non-sports fans, I sometimes have trouble distinguishing what teams play …

My patronus is a class of budding feminists

Nov 2, 2016
My patronus is a class of budding feminists

Driving through pea soup on the way to work this morning, you could have convinced me that dementors had taken over Sacramento. For hours, the world seemed blanketed in thick, dark, misty fog. This weird weather somewhat mirrored my mood as for a second day this week, I left one …

Talking feminism and controlling my face. Kinda.

Nov 1, 2016
Talking feminism and controlling my face. Kinda.

We’d just finished watching the eight minute trailer for the documentary Miss Representation, a film about harmful gender stereotypes against women, and the minimal representation of women in leadership roles across all facets of American organizations. I show the trailer during my organizational communication course’s week on feminism and gender in the …

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