Posted in Pics

Civil War Reenactment

Genesee Country Village and Museum holds an elaborate, weekend-long, Civil War reenactment. I’ve never gone in for reenactments but it seemed like fun so we gave it a shot.

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Posted in Politics

The trials and tribulations of getting a PhD during a presidential election

I have a confession: I’m studying for a PhD in American politics and I don’t want to talk about the election. More than 500 days ago, when Donald Trump announced his candidacy, I was excited at the prospect of going back to school. It would be fun, I thought, to study the electoral process while watching this crazy election take shape. I was wrong.

Studying political science requires a certain objectivity, which provided some comfort during this contested election. Conversely, there was something extremely dissatisfying about the coldness of theory during a heated campaign season. Worse than that, being dispassionate can blind us to reality—because reality is all about passion. But all I saw was the instant gratification of analyzing an election while studying elections! Continue reading “The trials and tribulations of getting a PhD during a presidential election”

Posted in Pastries

Halloween Cookies

Halloween is a great excuse to bake!


I decided I had to make something with candy corn–don’t ask me why, I have no good reason. After some googling, I discovered that people really like candy corn with salted peanuts and/or peanut butter. So I modified a Martha Stewart for chunky peanut butter cookies (I got rid of the chunks and added more peanut butter). When I flattened them, instead of using a fork, I used a candy corn. Continue reading “Halloween Cookies”