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a question

“I still believe that peace and plenty and happiness can be worked out some way. I am a fool.” — Kurt Vonnegut in Jailbird

My time in Europe is winding down and I am looking forward to a lazy July in Arkansas. Today I was Stumbling (of course) and I landed on a collection of quotes by Kurt Vonnegut, including the one above. I love Kurt Vonnegut and have for a long time. His personal philosophy, expressed in his interviews and his memoirs, fascinates me. I can find something to identify with in everything he said or published.

But I want to know – was he happy?

I’m going to investigate this question over the summer. Stay tuned.

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almost done

I am one paper and one presentation away from summer vacation. 2700 more words to go…

This image is inspiring me to keep on typin’.

via Garance Dore

First Post

This is my first post. I’ve had several blogs at various times in the past, the most recent incarnation ending just over a week ago. I take my blogging seriously – I use my blogs as a public journal, a way to document what I feel and what I think, a way to reach people who think and feel similarly.

In the past two months, the way I think and feel has drastically changed. So I need a new blog.
Here you will find posts about politics, fashion, books, poems, nail polish, exhaustion, late nights, tea, and friends. In sum, you will find posts about me.

“The self is too small an object for perpetual enthusiasm.”

Huston Smith said that in his book The World’s Religions. I read that book my freshman year of college, and ever since that quote has been stuck in my mind. This blog is a reincarnation of its predecessor, also named Today for the First Time. I remain convinced that every person needs to strive for something bigger than themselves. I don’t know what I am striving for. I hope this blog will help me figure it out.