Beginner's Heart

Beginner's Heart


the proper study of human beings…

national humanities conference

I’m going to Birmingham tomorrow! And my posts — if I break free to make them :) — will be from there for the next few days. I have the IMMENSE good fortune to be part of the Oklahoma delegation to the National Humanities Conference this year. How cool is THAT?

And to be going to Birmingham, this anniversary year, the city where so much civil rights history has been made…wow. How humbling. Speakers, sessions, activities… they all sound like the best possible history lessons. For someone whose master’s focused in part on African American literature, to get to see Nikki Giovanni, for instance… Another big WOW!

It’s Alexander Pope who said the proper study of mankind is man. I don’t think even cranky Pope would mind me being a tad more inclusive with his epigram ~ The proper study of humankind is the humanities. Medicine, history, literature, philosophy, film, scholarly research… The humanities are a rich smörgåsbord‎ of human endeavour. And I get to spend a three-day weekend immersed in them!

So check back over the next couple days. I promise you a ringside seat to what I learn.



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posted 3:18:30pm Aug. 19, 2014 | read full post »

my mother's heart and #Ferguson
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posted 12:42:13pm Aug. 18, 2014 | read full post »

turning hatred into love, or, the importance of Unabashed Smiles
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posted 7:19:07pm Aug. 17, 2014 | read full post »

heartsick reprised
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posted 1:33:59pm Aug. 16, 2014 | read full post »

heartsickness, the '60s, and Ferguson MO
I write daily. Often it's a note to family, or a response to a friend or colleague. Sometimes revising creative work, and usually this blog. Lately, the blog has probably saved my blood pressure (normally quite low)

posted 2:06:37pm Aug. 14, 2014 | read full post »




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