About Me

Not long ago, I was (awkwardly) using an elliptical in our campus gym when I heard, “OMG – I didn’t know professors worked out! Weird!”

And I started to wonder how better to share myself and connect with my students. I’m still taking suggestions, but for now, I thought perhaps a few quotes and book reviews might provide some insight into who I am. And I encourage you to post questions whenever you have them 🙂

My super amazing mom said this the other day: “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ~Albert Einstein….Isn’t that cool?

“If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” -Charles Darwin

  • Have you ever considered how strange human sexual practices are compared to the rest of the animal kingdom? Many of the things we take for granted about ourselves are, well, odd. What forces caused us to become so darn bizarre?
  • I absolutely adore Jared Diamond – not only is he one of my personal heroes; but even independently from this admiration, there is nothing he’s ever written I wouldn’t recommend enthusiastically. In addition to being full of concise fun facts,Why is Sex Fun will make you re-evaluate (and more fully appreciate!) all you thought you knew about your body, your interests, and your behavior.

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.” -Albert Einstein

  • I must admit to having been skeptical of this book, as I am of most anything containing the phrase “secrets to success” right on the cover, but never eat alone has turned out to be a fairly interesting read. Better approached as a truly remarkable personal history rather than a self-help guide, this book is full of genuinely applicable tidbits – and is rather useful as a humorous guide to neurotic habits as well. I imagine most people sharing Ferrazzi’s attributes are socially…challenged, but he unapologetically outlines how he’s made it work for him. In truth, it is not altogether well-written, which I found surprising considering there is a coauthor whom I would have assumed was recruited for that purpose. However, it is light and quick and I do recommend taking a peek between the orange covers; just don’t take it too seriously.
  1. I’d never heard that Albert Einstein quote before– fantastic! OK, he probably stole it from your mom, but still… : )

    And the line about not knowing profs worked out really made me laugh– thanks for sharing!

  2. Ken Cochran says:

    Absolutely great material from one who is obviously gifted. An opportunity to learn (or recall) material in a really entertaining format.

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