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January 14, 2022 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Though I do not excel at problem solving, I always like to know that someone has a plan. I like the security of emergency plans in hotels, for example. In the outdoors, I have first-aid supplies for all sorts of possibilities. And I …

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December 3, 2021 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Listen to “Misty Mountain Hop” by Led Zeppelin while reading today’s blog. In The Meaning of Travel by Emily Thomas, she explains that mountains used to be feared, vile, despicable places. In literature, they were described with disdain and hatred. She quotes John …

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February 5, 2021 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. “Joy, in part, is the justice we give ourselves.” – Dr. Drew Lanham This post is about the love of being. Also, the love of birds. After listening to Krista Tippett (of OnBeing) interview Dr. Drew Lanham, ornithologist, writer, and Wildlife Biologist at …

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Thanks to Dylan O’Hara, a 2020 HMU Fellow in Ideas, for today’s post. May 22, 2020 Some of the research that has inspired me the most over the last two years or so has been Urban History. The academic crossover between History, Anthropology, Political Science, Cartography, Geography, and Environmental Studies suddenly opened up a whole …

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April 24, 2020 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. “If you observe the hot-foot sun and the moon’s phases,/ To-morrow will never cheat you” – Virgil, Georgics, Book I In celebration of poetry this month, our April Quarterly Discussion focused on Virgil’s Georgics, Book I, and a selection of poems from Wendell …

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February 21, 2020 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. In her book, Appalachian Elegy, bell hooks links poetry and place. At the book’s outset, in Elegy #1, the narrator invokes spirits in order to speak to all of us. The narrator asks the dead to “speak to us/ from beyond the grave/ …

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October 18, 2019 Thanks to Jennifer Taylor, a 2019 Harrison Middleton University Fellow in Ideas recipient, for today’s post. Harari, Yuval N. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind. [Toronto]: Signal, 2014. I have often heard that if we choose not to learn from the mistakes of history, we will inevitably end up repeating them. Though …

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July 19, 2019 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. In Creative Evolution, Henri Bergson uses natural science as the basis for his arguments towards a new understanding of reality. This July, a group of us discussed two sections from Creative Evolution in order to better understand Bergson’s philosophical ideas. In this work, …

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April 26, 2019 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. Spring is upon us. Just as blossoms begin to show their strength, color, and vibrancy, so too the weather changes and begins to warm. All of the seasonal changes often add up to a change in attitude as well. Flowers, I believe, bring …

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March 1, 2019 Thanks to Alissa Simon, HMU Tutor, for today’s post. I never needed a reason to love the world, I simply just always have. With its faults and near-misses, its greed and its hope. I love the way it is patched together like a great quilt of countries and languages, mountains and deserts. …

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