Visibility (1/3)

(In)Visibility and (silenced) voices are a big part of my PhD research, but three real life events recently gave me new ideas about visibility, and reminded me of old lessons I had forgotten. These events made me more aware of my ‘bubble’, and how the film of its membrane clouds my vision (kind of like [...]

By | March 15th, 2017|Dissertator|0 Comments

Valuing ‘home,’ valuing ‘travel,’ and the role of privilege

I’ve been trying to decide how to react to valuations of “home,” “groundedness,” and “engagement” that I’ve come across in blogs and newspaper opinion columns recently. Reading these makes me feel I have to justify my lifestyle, but I don’t know if I can. I don’t travel with the express purpose of creating distance from [...]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Dissertator, Travel|0 Comments

Backpacking/hiking + Working

I know, I know, it’s healthy to go on vacation and leave work behind. But when you travel often, you have to redefine vacation. I first learned how to redefine work from my one-time bosses Paul and Amanda, the wonderful folks who manage King Hill Farm in Penobscot, Maine. Running a small organic family farm [...]

By | January 19th, 2017|Dissertator, Travel|0 Comments

Virtues of the off-season

Maybe there are some places not worth visiting during their off-season (try carrying all the water you need for backpacking in the Needles district of Canyonlands National Park after the sources have dried up in mid-summer**), but here I’d like to advocate for a few that I’ve found especially charming in their shoulder or off-season [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Dissertator, Travel|0 Comments