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  • Wow! There's all kinds of action happening in this process of conceiving the dissertation topic! Gabrielle, I am so glad to hear that Mark Kelly has helped you on your path. However, I would also point out that you have been living in that library! So, you have definitely invested your time and attention, enabling this "Aha" to happen.
  • My kudos goes to Mark Kelly, Reference Librarian at Pacifica. In a small conversation about subjectivity and the non-human "subject," he helped me take my Diss. research from being the keen-but-hovering action of the White-tailed Kite, to his/her diving soar of honing in on "dinner"! What fun! Hat tipping to Mark!
  • Actually Ed, I think it sounds more like this is where the heavy breathing comes in! Enjoy!
  • You've got me giggling, Ed! Nice imagery!
  • I have been away too long!! Babies are evolving and being born left and right!!. Mine is still just a "twinkle in the eye" and it wants to be born too soon. This is where the breathing exercises come in, correct??
  • I am celebrating this morning: I have now incorporated an entire 4" notebook full of data into my dissertation. All four of my data chapters are complete. Now, I have only to finish the conclusion chapter before I send this being out into the world!
  • I have total trust in your ability to parent this embryo.
  • In keeping with the baby embryonic dissertation began to kick last week. Have written not a single word for months, and now, for whatever reason, it seems DNA is being formed, cells merging, replicating, finding their rightful places. What is simply amazing is that in this dynamism, I am seeing how the topic and its nucleus has been there since last September... Had to re-read Jung to recall how the archetype, if unacknowledged, turns to symptom, then had to sit quietly with the recurring motif of hovering in order to see the moment when the idea was born...even if in symptom! Whew! Now it's just a matter of trusting my ability to sustain this partnership...
  • Here's to being held!!!
  • My third of four data chapters has come back to me from my advisor . . . and I am feeling very good about this "baby boy!" Today, after I incorporate her feedback, I begin the final process of incorporating data into the last chapter. My intention is to finish writing the conclusion and send the whole dissertation off to my chair before the conference in Cornell. And so, I ask that you hold me in your thoughts and/or prayers as the real labor begins for me . . . Handing over my baby to the powers that be.
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