From time to time, I tap my fingers on keys that are neither the keys of a trumpet nor those of a piano. Sometimes, little lights on the screen blink when I do so, and ink splatters onto a white page. Here's a collection of what sometimes happens, in no particular order.
I have written many more papers, but they have not all been transferred to Tinderbox, so things will appear as I get to them, heralded by blog entries.
- Design Harbor Archive: In '99 or so, I started an online tech publication with two fabulous programmers, artists, and writers: Sarah Pride and Jonathan Brownell. Unfortunately, the site is now down, but I have some of the content recovered and on this website.
- High School Interests: Written in the Spring of 2002 for my application to Patrick Henry College. Although PHC's academic foci are intensely rigorous, and the students attending are the most consistently brilliant people I have ever met, I am a bit uncomfortable around really brilliant people. I chose Elizabethtown College instead.
- My Personal Faith: Another essay written for the Patrick Henry application. I wrote it to simplify the process of guaging and evaluating the changes in my ideology while at College. It has served me well in that capacity.
- Good Luck Girl: During the summer of 2003, partly due to the bottom falling out of some planned programming employment, I worked in the shipping department of Amerimax Home Products, where I piled parts and boxes onto skids, twisted them into a cocoon of shiny, shrink-wrap plastic, and loaded them onto trucks. It was a discouraging time, as this semi-rant reflects, but it was also one of the most valuable reflection and thinking times in my life.
- Gawain Superstar: This paper landed me a trip to Joliet, Illinois, with my good friends Kristen LeFever and Anne Baublitz, to present at the St. Francis University 2003 conference on the English Language and Literature. The conference was a valuable learning time and provided a unique introduction to the conference end of the academic world.
- Important Educational Experiences: Patrick Henry College's application (I sent over 100 pages in a huge packet to them) required an essay outlining the most important educational experiences of my life through the Spring of 2003.
- Life Progress: Escher Style: I wrote this essay in a fit of angst during Christmas/Newyear time of 2001/2. One of my best works, it took me fifteen minutes to write.
- On A Thoughtful Patriotism: Patrick Henry College asked me to do a book review for my application. The assignment was to review an article on any sociopolitical topic. I chose Robert Stevens' great article, "A Thoughtful Patriotism". Its significance has only grown in my mind over the years.
- On On Parables: My first academic paper written at Elizabethtown College, for an Honors class on Kafka, Joyce, and Beckett, taught by Dr. Mark Harman. One of my finest pieces of analytic thinking ever. I organized my ideas by filling several whiteboards and blackboards. This, of course, was my pre-Tinderbox days, when I didn't know that mind-mapping was even a phrase. Harman's class, combined with an amazingly good medieval literature class (see Gawain above), convinced me to switch from professional writing to literature.