Education Category

It! Is! DONE!! :-D

In: MA & PhD programs, Random

Thesis has been signed off! Passed with flying colors! Graduation was wonderful! ;) Very sleep deprived. Having occasional weird giggle fits. Conversation with a long-suffering friend on-line: J says "Congratulations at the end of your thesis! Now that it's over, can I ask… what was it about? :)" Collie looks boggled, "About? Er… they're supposed […]

Laughing Collie has been temporarily replaced by Happy Fun Thesis-Collie. Warning: Pregnant women, the elderly, and children under 10 should avoid prolonged exposure to Happy Fun Thesis-Collie. Caution: Happy Fun Thesis-Collie may suddenly accelerate to dangerous speeds. If Happy Fun Thesis-Collie begins to smoke, get away immediately. Seek shelter and cover head. Do not taunt […]

Thinking about looks…

In: Feminism, MA & PhD programs, Random

I recently participated in a photo shoot with some friends and classmates. The photographer (also a classmate) was experimenting with women's perceptions of themselves, to write a paper for the Metaformic Theory class (for more on that fascinating subject, please read more at She asked us to bring to the shoot our choice of […]

Now that I think about it, I realize there was a constant emphasis of the Pharaoh — a symbol of rightness and order? — triumphing over entangled, combative animals. Do the raging animals symbolize the disorder and "unright" chaos of the assaulting foreigners? Further (in a personally exciting moment of inspiration) I wonder: does this […]

For my birthday in October, my wonderful housemate took me to see the display on King Tutankhamen at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco. It was, quite simply, amazing. Not only were the precious items quite breathtaking, but the information which accompanied the display was fascinating. There was some history on King Tut, including probable […]

I try not to write "hop on the bandwagon" postings about the current "hot" topic in the news. I like to have a bit of time to consider and reflect on issues and situations. Within that timeframe I frequently find that simply quietly helping however I can is all I wish to say on the […]

I've come to the conclusion I don't agree with the definition of Gatekeeper. I do agree there's more than just the two extremes — regardless of whether you call them "Warrior" and "Forgiver" or "heavy-handed militarism" and "turn-the-other-cheek pacifism." I suppose Gatekeeper is as good a term as any for that "middle of the road" […]

Part of a quick "reflection" written for my aikido class. Huzzah! My aikido class has a list of recommended readings. The first of those books, which I requested at the library, has come in and is now successfully in my hot little hands. I'm the proud new borrower of Richard Strozzi Heckler's "Aikido and the […]

This is an invite to the Open House being held for the Master's program I'm in. It has been, quite frankly, life changing for me, so if you're at all intrigued, please come out to hear more about it. Open House & Information Session Saturday, January 23, 2009 at 12:00 p.m. with Co-directors Judy Grahn […]

Spent most of yesterday in a state of carefully controlled panic. I've been desperately working on finishing my late papers for last quarter — thank goodness for being able to "pre-load" WP with my reviews and Bestiaries! So I have a desktop with Word 2007, the latest version, on it… and a nice but very […]

Bestiaries depict mythical, moralizing animals, but are also potential allegorical sparks that can bloom into brilliant mental bonfires. My bestiary is this mythologizing animal's fascinated exploration of beauty & meaning in the wonder of existence -- in the hopes of inspiring yet more joyous flares of intellectual passion.



Collie’s Bestiary