I find myself in an interesting situation as the beginning of July looms. For the first time since I was thirteen or so, I have the summer off. Well, not completely off… I do, after all, have a thesis to write. So I’m in summer school, if you will. But in terms of work obligations, […]
This week, a very important thing happened. I got my research ethics application for my thesis submitted by the deadline. Admittedly, this application is a small hurdle in a very long process. For me, however, it came to be viewed as a near-insurmountable hurdle in what was a seemingly interminable process.
This blog has been a little quiet of late. It would be easy to surmise that the cause of this unfortunate lapse is the creeping doom of obliged regular postings grasping my enthusiasm in its icy claws, progressively squeezing the life out of it. Actually, that’s not easy to say, and while it might be […]
I have something of a reputation as a procrastinator. Ill deserved, mind you, but present nonetheless. As an illustration… I have been working on my thesis since 2004. At least, I have been enrolled in a doctoral program in which the production of a thesis figures strongly as a required deliverable. While there were moves […]
The past six months have been interesting. Challenging. Difficult. Not fun, although there have been fun elements. Not exactly happy, although there have been happy moments. I have been starting over. And starting over is hard.
Recently read, and thoroughly enjoyed, was the book Cigar Box Banjo by Paul Quarrington. Part exploration of musical history, part discussion of musical influences and part memoir by one of Canada’s most eclectic and far-ranging artists, the book was a delight to read. Written in the last year of Quarrington’s life, the book is a response to […]