1. Party Time

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    July 20, 2021 by Jean

    When normal life was suddenly suspended in March of 2020, my choral singing group was in the process of preparing …
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  2. Light and Dark

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    June 28, 2021 by Jean

    This is not a post about race relations or about any metaphorical use of light and dark. It is literally …
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  3. War of the Rodents

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    May 15, 2021 by Jean

    One of the pleasures of rural living is the opportunity to observe and interact with wildlife, but interactions with wildlife …
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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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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