Paul’s Perambulations

January 26, 2011

Dating and Marriage

Filed under: Love,Recreation — admin @ 9:19 pm

I started dating during the final disintegration of my former marriage. It is my experience that dating progresses through several stages. (more…)

January 3, 2011

A sustainable marriage (NYTimes 12/31/10)

Filed under: Family,Love,Peace — admin @ 6:21 pm

This NYTimes article focuses on what makes a sustainable marriage. The author proposes that relationships succeed when they develop “self-expansion” via a mutual contribution to increased knowledge and new experiences. The concept is interesting and speaks to the relationship between Fran and me. I took their “quiz,” although I don’t put that much credence in it. What I found most interesting were the comments that ensued. You can see them for yourself online, and I have copied my four comments at the end of this post (#s 69, 159, 174, 207 for NYTimes article).

As a Quaker, I am particularly led by two testimonies focusing on 1) Inner (personal) peace and 2) Outward (world) peace. These two are closely related, and while my comments on this NYTimes article relate particularly to the first sense of peace, it is true that with more of this first type, we would also have much more of the latter type (and vice versa).     (more…)

January 1, 2011

Pros and Cons of spending years working for a Ph.D. in the humanities.

Filed under: Education — admin @ 7:42 am

As this article in the Economist points out, academic opportunities in the humanities appear rather dismal for procuring full-time tenure and tenure-track employment. Doctoral Degrees: The Disposable Academic http://www.economist.com/node/17723223?story_id=17723223 (more…)

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