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Errantry: Novak's Journal
...Words to cast/My feelings into sculpted thoughts/To make some wisdom last
Personal: A New Year 
24th-Aug-2013 01:48 pm
DS9 Temporal Mechanics
I let this journal slide in 2012-13. Partially, this was due to the unwieldy lack of integration between the new, now-awful Scrapbook that LiveJournal gave us. (The temptation to ascribe what seems to be the awful business sense of LiveJournal these days to Russian experience is hard to resist.)

Even more, it had to do with the hiatus my life seemed to take in not finding an academic position for the year, the "involuntary sabbatical" I was taking while living with family and entering the year-old cycle of academic hiring again. I was, in short, embarrassed by my situation, and had no desire to advertise it. A bolder Christian writer would not have been humbled by mere humiliation, I suppose, but I was having a wretched, Mayan apocalypse of a 2012, augmented by the discovery that my mover, one Mark Cordle, had robbed me of everything I had, and just dumped it somewhere. I recovered a bit of my furniture in New Orleans, but that I could have lost most easily. 20 years' work in notes and most of my academic library, my filing cabinets, my computer, photo albums, letters – all of that was lost. So depression was added to humiliation.

And, of course, there was the simple fact that most of the social networking of everyone I knew had switched over to Facebook. For its speed, integration, and its orientation toward small, minor updates shared with friends, Facebook was a far more natural social networking outlet than a full-scale journal is, was, or could be. And so I diverted in that direction as it was likewise the most natural way to keep in touch with a lot of people. But I enjoy the discipline of the journal. I enjoy being able to have access to my life and memories this way, too, which is not something Facebook does well. And I enjoy the equal compatibility that the journal or the blog allows for long topical entries of the sort that my "Theological Notebook" contains, allowing me to even just copy in large news stories or material published elsewhere, all for easy future reference.

And so I'm going to try to revive the habit, now that a new year begins. (August 16th being, as I've said before, the halfway point of August and the start of a new school year in my mind, as well as being the day that I moved to Oregon, Illinois and what would become my real "hometown" as a seven year-old.) I was mentally composing this on the 16th, as I finished up my first day of orientation at Saint Leo, but I felt too tired when I actually got home, or was too out of the habit. So I'm trying to summon will where habit has failed. Here I go.
Comments 
24th-Aug-2013 09:22 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry 2012 was such a horrible year for you. I have missed your posts - you often make me think.

I pray the upcoming year brings you all the blessings you deserve.
25th-Aug-2013 01:38 am (UTC)
I'm sorry it was such a terrible year, Mike. And to be robbed on top of that! I hope this is a far better year for you. How is everything at Saint Leo so far?
25th-Aug-2013 02:01 am (UTC)
Man, what a craptastic year. Sorry you had to go through that.

Hope the new year improves. There's a chance you will get to teach one of my better students -- the class of 2013 valedictorian (and a former geometry and AP Calculus student of mine) will be a freshman at St. Leo this fall.
20th-Oct-2013 06:40 am (UTC)
Interesting! What's the name?
20th-Oct-2013 01:22 pm (UTC)
Sending the name via a message rather than broadcast on the world wide web.
23rd-Oct-2013 03:08 am (UTC)
Sensible. I don't have him, but I will keep an eye open. Or should I seek him out and say that you told me to make sure he stays in line?
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