Author Archives: Mungo

Peregrina Unplugged

I once read that if you have to have an automatic out of office reply, it should be short and either to the point or humorous.  My tendency is for funny.  People don’t laugh enough.  Here’s my out of office … Continue reading

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Pilgrim Baggage

The Camino de Santiago is not like the ATC or PCT or any sort of long-distance hike in the US.  Actually, I wouldn’t consider it a hike.  It is a long-distance walk.  For the Catholic religious, a holy pilgrimage whereby … Continue reading

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On el Camino again, I can’t wait to be on el Camino again…

I have a semi-horrible Willy Nelson earworm at the moment, albeit completely understandable.  On Monday morning I leave for Spain, and by next Saturday I will be on my way to Santiago de Compostella. The Way of St. James – … Continue reading

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So I won’t need to rob a bank…

Good news! I got my first research grant as an assistant professor.  It feels good, like I might have some ideas that could go places. The award comes through the BSOS Dean’s Initiative which provides funding for pilot and start … Continue reading

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Submerged

When I was 6 months old, my mom tells me that she threw me into the pool – or at least let go of me – to begin teaching me how to swim on my own and not be afraid … Continue reading

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An offer I can’t refuse…

My chair, and unofficial mentor, just offered to buy me a beer for every manuscript I write and submit by 23 January. The 23rd is the start of the Spring 2013 term – hence the deadline. While I am not … Continue reading

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Beginning 2013 with a do over

While I don’t want to redo the entire year, there are a few things that need re-doing before this year’s work can begin.  It sucks, but there it is. One of those redos is a manuscript I’ve been working on … Continue reading

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Bio-sphere-luminescence

I found this video today.  The video was made by Dr. Alex Rivest and he explains more about it on his blog. Apparently, the Earth’s atmosphere gives off its own glow through a process called chemoluminescence.  During the day UV … Continue reading

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Low visibility

It’s been a rough first semester as a shiny assistant professor. Multiple department hires, a brand new, never-been-taught class, prepping for fieldwork, and publish or perish pressures.  I oscillate between overwhelmed and tired. Yet, I’m still thrilled by the challenge.  … Continue reading

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I’ll meet you there.

The Sufi poet, Rumi, writes Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field. I will meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about language, ideas, even … Continue reading

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