Laguna Beach

I enjoyed a short, 3-day trip to Laguna Beach this past weekend. The week prior, I hustled as hard as I could to "get ahead" of my assignments in the doctoral program. And, I realized that I may never get to a place where I have successfully worked ahead of the agenda, and course outline. At least, I may not know the joys of feeling like I deserve to relax for the next 2.5 years. 

This is not necessarily a bad thing. I knew going into the doctorate program that I would be giving up a lot. A lot of time. Time that I would otherwise spend with family, traveling, or enjoying other pursuits. I have learned quite a bit in these past seven weeks, about myself and about others, and I look forward to learning more. Trust that it is not a lost point that my coursework is only beginning. 

The knowledge gained is almost enough ease the sting of time lost, the ache of academic rigor, the twinge of lonlieness, the stab of anxiousness, the pang of frustration, the spasm of sleeplessness, the cramp of existential flashes...

Sorry. I got lost there for a moment. Here are some pictures from my Laguna Beach this past weekend, where I worked to complete a 3-4 page paper and complete approximately 200 pages or reading.  


Is feedback the breakfast of champions? I've been thinking a lot about feedback lately: feedback I've received on work in my doctorate program, feedback from students and teachers I've worked with this past school year, feedback from my presentation at Spring CUE in March. There's a lot of feedback happening in my world these last few weeks.  

Feedback can certainly help one grow. It can also be detrimental if you let it. Maybe that is why I've given it so much time in my mind lately...I can't stop thinking about ways I can improve in those areas where I missed the mark. Thankfully, that has not been frequent and I'm not trending downwards. And, those positive comments boost my spirits. However, there are a few times when the ratings or the comment stings a bit. 

Questions I ask myself about feedback that is less than stellar: 

  • Where did I miss the mark? 
  • When did the wheels come off? 
  • How many other people felt the same way? 
  • How many decided to skip the feedback or give a biased rating? 
  • Why was I unable to meet the needs or requirements?
  • What can I do better next time? 



Week 4 of Ethics is beginning. It marks the halfway point of the Summer Semester coursework. And, I've read a substantial amount of work on theoretical ethics, practical ethics, normative ethics, meta ethics, and applied ethics. At least, those are the categories I recall reading in the blur of text that comprised my previous month.  

Are there categories of ethics? There sure are! Here's a sampling to get you thinking:

  • Utilitarianism
  • Deontology
  • Virtue ethics
  • Ethics of care
  • Egoism
  • Religion or divine command theory
  • Natural Law
  • Social contract theory
  • Rawls’s theory of justice
  • Moral relativism

Are you intrigued? Are you overwhelmed? If so, maybe start with Borgmann's device paradigm...and question your ethical choices surrounding time spent reading on a wifi-enabled device.  

In the interest of sharing, and in the self-serving interest of helping myself grow as a "scholarly" writer, I am posting a recent paper written for my current doctoral level ethics course. Feel free to comment with some focused, global feedback. 

For a peek at Week 4's required readings, check out this PDF


This is my life now. All the writing rules and references I need for the next three years are contained in this lovely spiral-bound reference manual. It cost $33 on Amazon, and I am certain it will be worth the price. 

The university EdD program does provide an electronic version of the APA Manual, 6th edition...but I have struggled with referencing it as an eBook. And, failing to cite sources in APA Style has cost me a few points. So, I am going analog. 

At a recent CapCUE Board meeting, I saw a scholarly publication from 1917 displayed on the wall. It made my inner letterpress nerd happy to see the gorgeous borders, hand-set type, and careful saddle-stitch binding. Interestingly, the spiral-bound APA Manual states that it is "typeset" in Sabon, Futura, and Univers. It struck me how much has changed in 100 years, and how much has stayed the same.