Photo: John Spencer for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. I am not very good at making (or keeping) new year's resolutions. Last year, I wanted to feel optimistic, calm and confident in most areas of my life, and instead I felt pretty bad. This year I can't recapture the blithe thinking that I … Continue reading Questions for 2018
Last post I promised more on acts of kindness that have the potential to change academia from a place marked by undercare to one that is nurturing (especially at times when people are not entirely productive or unencumbered). Here goes. Dancing spider orchid (Caladenia discoidea), photo: Mark Clements, CSIRO I attended a panel discussion entitled Life: … Continue reading Nurturing academic orchids
I mentioned in my last post my dream of becoming a mermaid. I even wrote about it in my PhD thesis: In Sydney, the summer I am twelve years old is extremely hot, over 35°C on many days. There are two girls, younger than I, living around the corner — and they have a swimming … Continue reading Floating
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways" - why this byline for a blog on slow academia? The phrase, as you may know, comes from Proverbs 6:6. The context is an exhortation against indolence: Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, … Continue reading Lazy ants win!
If you have spent the year in top gear, I hope you have the opportunity for a break over Christmas and the New Year. Here in Sydney, the days are balmy (if not stinking hot) and I end 2016 in a healthier and more secure place than one year ago. I hope the same can … Continue reading Break time
While I was doing my PhD, I used to dread being asked about my hobbies, mostly because I didn't have any. I still don't have any hobbies, but I have lots of other things: (in no particular order) a 3 day a week academic job, two children (10 and 3), a partner, a house and … Continue reading What are your hobbies?