Saving all her Love for Glory: Juxtaposing Human Nature in the Nineteenth-Century Novel. New Voices International Conference, Georgia State University, Atlanta (April 2006)

The Soluble Woman: Images of Ophelia in Jane Austen. New Directions in Feminist Scholarship, Clark University, Worcester (March 2006)

Talking Orange: Rene Magritte and Derridian Theories on Reality. Sigma Tau Delta Conference, Boise ID (May 2002)

Breaking Bread: short fiction.8th Annual Undergraduate Conference, Boston MA (May 2001)After-Birth: short fiction. 7th Annual Undergraduate Conference, Boston MA (May 2000)


Sexing the Zombie: The Changing Body of a Timeless, Global Fixation, Invited Talk, Academic Speaker Series, Landmark College (2015)

Sexing the Zombie, Interview, WKVT Radio (2015)

Finding the Balance between Theory and Action
. Invited Talk. English Department Spring Gathering, Westfield State College (May 2007)

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Being Seen during a Wellness Journey

I have not made a post for about a month in this diary but this has not been because I have been lazy or in a binge coma. Actually, I keep considering the function of such a diary for me, at this point in my journey. I ask myself: what is the function of me logging in my food every day and documenting my exercise.

On one hand, it is because these steps motivate me. I can see my progress, and I can see the data and interpret it. Tracking in these ways also give me visibility, as if I am being seen in some way, which in turn provides me a sense of validation.

On the other hand, these things are not really real. I do already feel internal motivation just from a desire to be well and to reach a higher level of consciousness. And visibility is a lie, a farce — no one really sees me or knows me, not really, and certainly not more than I see or know myself.

So, the function of documenting and being accountable to a plan continues to perplex me. After almost one year of logging in my food and exercise and nine weeks of keeping this wellness diary on my website, I am not sure that I have reaped the benefits for which I hoped.

Then again, I feel today as if I am at a better place; yet, I always feel that way. Every day is another encounter with the unknown, every day, another opportunity to be tested and to learn about myself and the world.

I am not sure what shape this diary will continue to take, but I do like to express my feelings and thoughts about wellness on my own journey.

There is an element of letting go, even of acceptance, that I wish to work toward in my wellness journey. That, I feel, is a piece that will help other more visible elements fall into place.

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