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A street in Bath, England, where I'm currently staying to complete a residency period for my Ph.D. program. Photo illustration by author using the Brushstroke app.

A street in Bath, England, where I’m currently staying to complete a residency period for my Ph.D. program. Photo illustration by author using the Brushstroke app.

The three things making me happy this week are rather personal. I’ve been so busy and not able to as much reading as I normally do. I apologize for this self-involvement!

1. Successfully navigating a long day of travel by myself. Travel from my home to Bath involved car — plane — train — bus — taxi. I’d not connected to Paddington station from Heathrow before, nor had I ever hopped on a train from Paddington, so I was pleased with how easy it was. I even got into the right line to exchange my ticket for an earlier train!

2. Performance poetry. I freely admit I know little about poetry. I rarely read it and I don’t ever think about writing it. Most poems go over my head because I’m not sharp enough to figure them out. But I went to a poetry performance on Thursday here in Bath — a friend of mine helped put it together. Each poet performed for thirty minutes, both an entertaining, energetic and fun thirty minutes. I would have a hard time listening to a straight poetry reading for a half-hour, but I had no problems watching, listening and drinking in a poetry performance.

Poet Ash Dickinson.

Poet Ash Dickinson.

Poet Laurie Bolger.

Poet Laurie Bolger.

3. Old things. I have an M.A. in history, so it’s no surprise that I have an affinity for all things old. In Minnesota, you will rarely find buildings older than 130 or 140 years. So to be living in a flat from the Georgian era is a historian’s dream come true. I feel like I am living in a history book.

The cemetery around the corner from my flat. Old, old, old.

The cemetery around the corner from my flat. Old, old, old.

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