Suicide and the Language of Choice

Suicide and the Language of Choice

:: When a person dies by suicide, there is no choice. Suicide is the only alternative. CW: Suicide, Mental Illness When I heard about the suicides of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I felt what I always feel when I hear about the suicide of anyone: I feel like I’ve...
The Glory and Heartache of Tennis

The Glory and Heartache of Tennis

:: Welcome to the glory and heartache of tennis. Today I’m going to introduce a new writing topic on my blog, a topic dear to my soul: tennis. I have a family. I do my work. And I play tennis. Those are my three loves. Indeed, the fact that I haven’t...
What It Was Like While My Cat Was Likely Dying

What It Was Like While My Cat Was Likely Dying

:: Two weeks ago, my cat, Princess Richard, was attacked by a “large canid”—either a dog off-leash or a coyote—and she nearly died. During the weeks since the attack, I’ve stayed home nursing her, working from home, cleaning her wounds, giving her...
Farewell to a Beloved Disability Column

Farewell to a Beloved Disability Column

:: Disability in higher education is an inevitability. And we must stop treating it like a nuisance. Three years ago, I started the column Life of the Mind Interrupted over on Chronicle Vitae to explore the ways higher education could become more humane for students,...