The Folklore Studies Program at George Mason University is one of the few programs in the U.S. the offers comprehensive instruction in ethnographic methods and data collection. Thirty-seven years ago, my colleague, Professor Emerita Margaret Yocom founded the Northern Virginia Folklife Archive. Students have been submitting original work to the archive since. In 2011, working […]Read more "About the Field School: How Folklife Archives Work"
I read about the new Rooster App on the Washington Post, and it sounds perfect for me and my newly busy life. I grieve the fact that I don’t have blocks of time to read fiction, but this seems like the perfect solution: You don’t need to wait at the docks for the latest installment […]Read more "Waiting for my Rooster to Crow"
“Respect the sanctity of the snow day,” said one of my wise colleagues earlier this year. As a department chair, I make every effort to remember her advice, but usually not for myself. Today our university is closed in response to the Titan winter storm, but I’m still working, grading papers, reviewing dissertation drafts, and […]Read more "Why I am working so much?"
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives. What we do with this hour, and that one, is what we are doing. A schedule defends from chaos and whim. It is a net for catching days. It is a scaffolding on which a worker can stand and labor with […]Read more "How we spend our days is how we spend our lives: Annie Dillard"
I love taking the train, even if it would make sense to fly. Trains are like ideal mobile offices. You have a view, the ability to walk and go out to lunch, but your away from your daily routine and interruptions. Then today I read this on The Wire, so I guess I’m not […]Read more "Amtrak Writer’s Residencies"