1. Weekend Novel

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    March 28, 2021 by Jean

    I first got into the habit of reading a weekend novel during my hard-working years as a college professor, when …
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  2. Relearning to Be Sociable

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    March 24, 2021 by Jean

    As Spring arrives, I feel that, like the plants in my garden, I’m emerging from a period of dormancy. Three …
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  3. Politics, Norms and the Importance of Consequences

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    January 24, 2021 by Jean

    I have struggled to post on this blog in recent months. I have begun a number of posts, but they …
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  4. Covid Thanksgiving

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    November 27, 2020 by Jean

    This Covid Thanksgiving wasn’t as much of a departure for me as it was for many people. It has been …
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  5. One Hell of a Year

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    November 7, 2020 by Jean

    One piece of retirement advice I don’t remember getting was to expect the unexpected. I think I imagined a more …
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  6. Black Mothers, Black Children, and Law Enforcement

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    August 13, 2020 by Jean

    For more than a week, I’ve been thinking (obsessing?) about two incidents in the news involving black mothers, black children, …
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  7. Sharing Air

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    July 30, 2020 by Jean

    Early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, when I was discussing when and how to get together with a friend, I …
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  8. Farewell to a Special Friend

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    June 9, 2020 by Jean

    This week, I am saying farewell to my close friend Joyce, who died this weekend at the nursing home that …
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I am Jean Potuchek, a professional sociologist who has just stepped into the next phase of my life, retirement, after more than thirty years of college teaching. This blog is about my experience of that new phase of life.

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