Author Archives: Tim O'Connell

A conversation about grad school

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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this conversation. I plan to keep having it, too. But if this example can help answer some questions pre-emptively, I reckon this will have been…

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My favorite story at Halloween


  Production value leaves a bit to be desired, but if you love Halloween, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and you’re not too annoyed by my American white guy voice, you might enjoy my reading of the Washington Irving classic.

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Do my social media milestones matter?


Well, no. Of course not. Still . . . My wife and I started this blog (formerly Eat More Cookies) way back in July 2006. We were about to complete our third year in Oklahoma, with family back home in … Continue reading

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Lion pride in South Africa, video — Dear Kitty. Some blog


This video from South Africa says about itself: Incredible Lion Sighting ! Lion Pride with 5 Males walking down the road in Kruger Park. “I witnessed this incredible Lion Pride encounter when I was driving past Kumana dam on my … Continue reading

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Steaming piles of dung


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I hesitate to provide a link to creationist nonsense, but sometimes it’s helpful to illustrate just what we’re up against in The Enlightenment 2.0. Case in point, check out this Jack Chick cartoon on…

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Dear Christian Legislator,


Look, I get it. You’ve been raised and educated in a society that values faith foremost. The stronger your faith the closer you are to God, and there is no better way to demonstrate the strength of that faith than … Continue reading

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Non-trivial sacrifices of the itinerant academic


Inspired by a conversation stemming from this Tweet . . . I thought I’d share a bit about the sacrifices we’ve made in support of my academic career. This is just a reality check for understanding’s and expectations’ sake, and … Continue reading

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