A Few Things I Heard on 5-14

First thing in the morning: Is. let loose with a squeal-shout of "Day-ad!" (or
something sounding very close to this) loudly enough to stir me from the depths of

Sometime in the afternoon I heard, "You may now write your dissertation."1

Madeline‘s prospectus was
approved by her committee today, too. And

successfully defended her dissertation.

Added: The Collin vs. Tenure showdown ended with a favorable result.

I have a hunch there will be more to add…


1. I have a heap of really useful notes from the prospectus
hearing. Tomorrow I need
to pour over them, translate them into a more coherent and usable form.
And then *deep breath* all that’s left is to write the thing. To begin
the hearing, I offered a brief recap of the conversations and email exchanges
with each member of the committee. Not wanting to go too long with the
preamble, I kept myself to just four points (questions, suggestions, recommended
readings, concerns) per person. From there it was every bit the collegial
conversation I hoped for, and I walked away feeling tremendously relieved,
challenged, and overstimulated with the ideas we shared about the work just


  1. You’ve set the bar for those who follow 🙂 A job well done D. Now comes the fun work (at least, that’s what I hear around the water cooler).

  2. I know that no matter how hard it gets at times, you have the skills and the support (family, friends, colleagues, faculty) to work your way through. And that’s a great thing to have in place at the start of a big project. (The smarts are a given, of course!)

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