Category: Personal stuff

jrn – A small bash script for keeping a journal

Whenever I write anything, I write it and save it as a simple ASCII text file.  This has obvious benefits, of course, not the least of which is that I don’t have to worry about my data files becoming outdated…

Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference 2016

I am going to see if I can make it to this conference this year.  I’d like to hear Dr. Alasdair MacIntyre speak. Being held at Notre Dame in Indiana, as always. Center for Ethics and Culture Fall Conference 2016

Avoid Will Fix It plumbers in San Antonio!

We contacted them back in October 2015 to replace a shower valve.  The guy comes over, says he can’t do it today but will be back on Monday with all the gear he needs.  Whatever.  We get a hotel room…

Ray’s Pizzaria, San Antonio, TX

Located on Fredericksburg Road in San Antonio, just had their grand opening today. They claim that they are “N.Y. Style” pizza.  I dearly miss pizzas from Jersey and NY, so I figured I’d give it a try. They pretty much…

On the chronic effects of bullying

One thing most bullying victims always say is that, “it gets better”. Since most people experience bullying between the ages of about 8 and 18, this is taken to mean that your bullying problems will be mostly gone when you…

Symposium SA is born!

Today I had a lovely meeting with David Saussy, a brilliant young man who teaches English here in San Antonio. I will be assisting him in establishing a “great books” club in San Antonio, tentatively called Symposium SA. The first…

College Counseling in San Antonio, TX

I now offer professional counseling to anyone interested in attending college, including: Initial consultation Choosing a major and a career path Choosing a school in the US or overseas Help with preparation of applications Review and/or editing of admissions essays…

Forgiveness and personal growth

You hear it again and again: Forgiveness is one of the important pillars of human wisdom and even human happiness. Such talk is easy to discount if you’ve never had any real challenges before, and quite frankly I never really…

Classical College Education in San Antonio, TX

This post is more or less a “message in a bottle”. Over the last year or so, I have been searching for groups or individuals in the San Antonio, Texas area who might be interested in starting a project to…

Top 10 bits of advice for surviving graduate school

This advice is intended for anyone interested in pursuing graduate education (toward the Ph.D.) on a full-time basis, not for part-timers or weekend scholars. Also, my graduate education was in the sciences, so some of what I say may not…