At the beginning of the summer I wrote a post about basking in the feeling of having survived the semester. To celebrate I came to the conclusion that one of the best things I can do for my own productivity, teaching, research, and (most importantly) personal health is to have a good summer. Here are … Continue reading H.A.G.S. … I Did!
In my own self-description, I guess what I'm trying to be is in the moment. And that's pretty new to me. No dawns. Every day just high noon. Sometimes there's a showdown; other times, iced tea. And with each there's a sunset to take a breather and to prepare to count another yesterday.
Life is about connections. Okay, life is about many things. But it's at the connections where we so frequently realize and savor what we have. During my last year at Elizabethtown College, I had the pleasure of teaching and learning with a student named Nadia Mourtaj. I recently learned that Nadia and her younger sister, … Continue reading Nadia…
When getting started in the research process--whether for a project or a paper--the best position to adopt is curiosity. Sure, it's great to know things. But revel in the fact that you have an idea or two and want to explore more. It's too early to end up anywhere. You need to go find out … Continue reading Rocking the Annotated Bibliography
So my Islam class at the University of Alabama is preparing for their second exam. It basically covers 7th to 13th centuries (but that's kind of a lie because we always jump around the timeline). I'd give you map coordinates but we jump around quite a bit there too. Anyway, I almost always hold a … Continue reading Time Sensitive Islam Scholar Team-Up