Crabs and Cautious Optimism

Come along with me, misery loves company,
You’re welcome at the home of the blues.

Johnny Cash, Home of the Blues

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The Value of Vulnerability

“Cheer up, Dad. Did you know the Chinese use the same word for ‘crisis’ as they do for ‘opportunity’?”
“Yes. Crisistunity.”
Lisa and Homer, ‘Fear of Flying’, The Simpsons
How do I begin to speak about what my viva was like? I passed it, and that should be enough, but for a month now I have been in perfect agony about what that pass has meant, the qualifiers placed upon it, what mis-steps I may have made that precluded me from an even passier pass.

Confident Conferences, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Public Speaking.

Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.

Jonathan Swift, Letter to a Young Clergyman

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