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The Mitchell Mystique

Alfred Korzybski, a little known scientist, claimed, “the map is not the territory.” He was and is right. We, the Mitchells, bonded over our aversion to self-identifying as “Mitchells.” Not because we were not proud; we were and are. Mostly … Continue reading

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Stay Calm and Look Around

About a month ago, I sat in a Dublin cafe, reading Pamela Paul’s New York Times piece “Let Children Get Bored Again.” It was a parent-focused article, arguing that the pressure on parents to fill children’s lives with constant activity, … Continue reading

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I was ready to quit…

In my January blog, I wrote about how excited I was for the conference I was planning through my internship with AkiDwA and Wezesha. However, at 2:30 am on January 25th (a couple hours before the event), and after 15+ … Continue reading

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A Door Too Small for its Purpose?

The main entrance to Trinity’s campus is a rather small wooden door that can accommodate, at most, two people simultaneously, provided both are content to shimmy sideways and squeeze past each other. As a gate to one of Ireland’s largest … Continue reading

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Presence

A few weeks ago, I found myself across the island for New Music Dublin. As I sat waiting for the next performance with my professors— composers John Godfrey and Karen Power, also up for the festival—another Cork–based composer walked in … Continue reading

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Could I interest you in some…science?

In February, those of us in the MSc Science and Health Communication program had the chance to actually do a bit of science communication by competing in FameLab. FameLab is an international science communication competition in which scientists, from undergrads … Continue reading

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Joy

Upon moving to Ireland, I made a resolution (one of many) to use this year as a time to extend my interests and experiences to those I have spent less time on in the past. My reluctance to seek out … Continue reading

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Twenty-one Years Later. Now What?

I thought about writing this post on a number of recent happenings: watching the remarkable documentary film Free Solo with friends; traveling to Cork with many of the Dublin-based scholars for James’s birthday; running six miles in the pouring rain … Continue reading

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A Modern Cinderella Story – starring me

Once upon a time, a young lady was peer-pressured into attending a Ball. This wasn’t just any Ball, this was the UCC Science Ball. She figured it’d be a cultural experience complete with food, friends, and dancing—what could go wrong? … Continue reading

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Knick Knacks and Paddy Whacks

I am an avid fan of camp and kitsch so it is with a somewhat heavy heart that I feel compelled to note the underlying ideological failure of the kitschiest moment of my time in Ireland spent outside a Carroll’s. … Continue reading

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Building a life, but stuck in Fahrenheit

“So, you live here then?” As I handed my Irish residency permit card to the immigration officer at Dublin Airport, I was struck by this simple question. While I still stand out with my American accent, I am reminded by … Continue reading

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Turtle on its Way to a Rave

I’ve spent a good portion of my life trying to differentiate myself from my older sister. She was a cheerleader, so I was a tomboy. She moved to Hawaii, and I moved to Ireland. She chose the sun and I … Continue reading

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