Questions for 2018

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

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Housekeeping (at home and work)

This post is a way of exploring some contradictory thinking about housekeeping. In my last post on strategies for working during tough times, the small, shallow, short-term tasks I identified can be understood as a type of academic housekeeping. At work, as at home, women tend to do more of it, and it holds less … Continue reading Housekeeping (at home and work)

Mark one box only

International readers will find themselves happily distant from the¬†ridiculousness of same sex marriage postal vote here in Australia. At my university, Academic Senate issued a carefully worded statement: The Academic Senate respects the diversity of opinions in relation to the issue of marriage equality. The Academic Senate encourages and advocates respectful debate around the issue … Continue reading Mark one box only

Nurturing academic orchids

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