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March 29, 2009

Two Things

Clouds! I'm really kind of obsessed with them. It seems that it really doesn't matter where you are; clouds are beautiful. On a bus ride home from Eynsham the other day, I was struck yet again by an amazing skyscape. Seen from the top of a double-decker bus, stretching out over fields and trees, lit by the setting sun, the…

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March 22, 2009

And many miles be still to go…

Today marks my one-week anniversary of the beginning of the springtime of my soul (freedom from weekly essays). It may be that my outlook on life has changed, but it seems that spring has arrived in Oxford within the past week as well; weather has been between 10 and 20 (about an average of 55 for my Fahrenheit friends) and…

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March 13, 2009

Honest Thinking

A wise person, who I would name if I remembered him, once alluded that no one could be a hero who had not begun to be honest. Honesty, that is, honesty with myself about myself, appears to be a foundational virtue to life, and unfortunately one that I lack. Before I got to Oxford and during the first few weeks…

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March 12, 2009

The End, and The Beginning

I, for one, am exhausted. The other guys still have a couple essays left, but my early finale was dearly bought and paid for. I really didn't know I could read and write that much in the course of a week, and as one of my friends observed, "Your eyes look tired." I guess 7 hours of straight writing an…

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March 06, 2009

Plagiarism…the good kind

Just as I'm beginning to get into a solid routine I realize I'm in the last week of tutorials! One expects 8 weeks of school to go by very slowly. But when you're busy, time seems to get away. Not to mention that when one is used to a 15-week semester system, 8 weeks is a sprint. The quality of…

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March 04, 2009

Seventh Week

Seventh week is upon us and it's hard to believe that the term is almost over. We'll officially be done by the end of next week. Looking back, there are a great number of things that I appreciate about being here at (and in) Oxford. It's been a great experience culturally and academically. There's something about living in a foreign…

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March 02, 2009

Life

Well, here we are in 6th week. Time is flying, and it's hard to believe the term is winding down. However, I'd like to take a moment to reflect on where I am. I never really get tired of thinking about it, but with essay deadlines to meet, friends to see, activities to attend, and places to explore, it sometimes…

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