reflection on 40

Gentle Reader, today is the day.  The day I turn 40 years old.

I’m not upset or scared about it.  Rather, I’m invigorated.  There’s something about birthdays that has always made me happy, whether it was mine or someone else’s.  A special day, all your own!  With cake!  And presents!

From the picture, can you see what I mean?


This was my 40th birthday party, complete with Wonder Woman cake, cookies, and plates/napkins!  Yes, yes, perhaps somewhat juvenile, but I’ve loved Wonder Woman since I was a small child.  I collect Wonder Woman action figures, toys, anything, really, with the Amazon Princess on it.  And I feel like Wonder Woman is an appropriate symbol for a woman’s 40th birthday.  Not that I feel like the Amazon Princess.  Rather, I want to be the Amazon Princess.

40 brings with it a new decade, new promises, new goals, and new ideals.  I’m tenured now, so I’ve reached that goal of my career.  In 6 years, I will go up for promotion to full professor.  But until then, I’ve a lot of work to do: publication, both academic and creative, writing, both academic and creative, cleaning my office… eventually… *grin*, and spending time with my friends and family, of course.

One of my goals for the New Year (and for me, my birthday and the New Year coincide so nicely) is to come back to this blog and to writing in general.  I know I’ve neglected you, but Reader, it has been a rather busy semester!  I blinked and it was over, just like that.  Two articles due, four classes to teach, not to mention lots of service (meetings and committees and more meetings, oh my!), I’ve been away mentally, but not physically.

So now that I am back, I need to rethink what I want for this blog and my website.  How to approach it all in the New Year?  Well, 2017 and my 40s will find it figured out, I’m sure. But until then, any suggestions are highly welcome.

Thanks for your support, Friends.  And best to you and your for the upcoming holidays.


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