Archive for October, 2016


October 24, 2016

This past Saturday I was at a regional history conference. I wasn’t presenting, but I chaired a panel, which I enjoy doing. After my panel was done, I attended a couple of others. One was a roundtable discussion of professors, grad students, and undergrads about their experience working on a project to research and write biographies for women involved in the suffrage movement. The other panel was an eclectic group of papers which included medieval warfare, pirates, and heavy metal music, but there were interesting themes running through all of them about how we construct cultural and social responses to traumatic violence. It was a very enjoyable day.

The spring conference, next April, will be at my university and I’m taking the lead on organizing space, food, technology, and so on. Fortunately, I’ve got a lot of the work already done well in advance, but it’s still going to make for a busy spring.



October 16, 2016

Last weekend I went down to Virginia to attend K and D’s wedding. Unfortunately, because of teaching and flight schedules, I was only able to make a short overnight trip of it, but I’m so glad I was able to be there.

It was beautiful. Everything was beautiful. The ceremony and reception happened at a winery in the mountains with a lovely view out over a green valley. Sadly, the weather was cloudy and drizzly with the dregs of hurricane Matthew, but even shrouded in clouds it was a beautiful location. The ceremony was very sweet and full of thoughtful touches that suited both of them perfectly. The dinner afterwards was amazing with lots of local foods and wine. (Not being much of a wine drinker, I went for the local cider, which was also amazing.)

The next morning I got to see the new old house that K and D have bought to renovate and settle in together. It needs a lot of work, but you can see good bones there and I’m sure it’s going to be fantastic. Such a wonderful location, too.

I had a marvelous weekend. The only thing that marred it was getting delayed on my flights home. The flight out of Washington that was supposed to leave at 4:30 kept getting delayed a half an hour at a time until we finally got on the plane after 7. Then the pilot announced another delay and we didn’t take off until almost 8. Still, I did get home (and it was only my last flight of the weekend that got delayed, so I didn’t miss any connections show up late to the wedding).