PhD Musings

The Journey is the reward.

2010’s going to be the best year yet!

It has been quite some time since my last blog posting. Many exciting things have been happening since then. I am currently in my third year of doctoral studies and and enjoying every moment. Researching several areas have allowed me to hone in on a dissertation topic! I won’t share it as of yet, it’s a surprise! :)

Travelled to Europe (Parts of Italy and Greece) last year and it was absolutely what this doctoral student needed. Went on a cruise with family and friends and came back refreshed and ended the year being grateful and feeling energized.

Well, this is all for now. . . will write again soon. . . :



February 18, 2010 Posted by | Weekly Musings | Leave a comment


In honor of good grammar.

March 4, is National Grammar Day!

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February 25, 2009 Posted by | Weekly Musings | Comments Off on SPOGG

Magritte, Meaning, and CMM

Today marks the 110th birthday of René François Ghislain Magritte a famous Belgian surrealist artist who is well-known for his thought-provoking images. One of his most recognized painting is named the Son of Man and is most commonly and perhaps affectionately dubbed “the bowler hat painting.”

Magritte described his paintings by saying:

“My painting is visible images which conceal nothing; they evoke mystery and, indeed, when one sees one of my pictures, one asks oneself this simple question, “What does that mean?” It does not mean anything, because mystery means nothing either, it is unknowable.” (Reference:

In beginning my nine week introduction to the Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM) (Pearce, 2007), in which we attempt to define meaning and how meaning is made and making better social worlds, this quote from Magritte is a perfect example. The world of CMM that I am just beginning to understand and hope to understand more, has already, in its extreme short time, given me an appreciation for the question – “How do we make meaning?” 

In the next eight weeks, I will continue to delve into the world of CMM with great enthusiasm and delight.  For now, I will continue to go deeper into my thoughts on how meaning is made in my own ‘reality’ and in making a better social world.


Pearce, B. W. (2007). Making social worlds: A communications perspective. Malden, MA: Blackwell.

November 21, 2008 Posted by | Weekly Musings | , , , | Leave a comment

Remembering Dr. Randy Pausch

Carnegie Mellon honored Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) with an event on September 22, 2008 to celebrate his life and legacy, which touched millions of people around the world. For more, visit

Use this link to watch the video:

September 25, 2008 Posted by | Weekly Musings | , | Leave a comment

Get Creative!

Creativity has lately been a companion of my mine for all my life, and continues to be a driving force within me.  I enjoy Dr. Lessig’s books and presentations such as this one on TED . A video on creativity that I believe to be very thought provoking on bringing and continuing to bring creativity into our lives.

Click here to view the video.

September 18, 2008 Posted by | Weekly Musings | , , , , | Leave a comment