Updates and Such

Yes, I’ve been extremely awful, AGAIN, at this whole regular posting thing.  As much as I enjoy writing, there just isn’t enough time at the moment.  Between working at Virginia Tech, the History Museum of Western Virginia, and coaching high school volleyball, my free time is limited to in the mornings before work, and after 9 at night.  Which isn’t a lot of time to do anything!  Weekends are currently devoted to household chores, errands, and visiting a sick friend.  Hopefully soon I can enjoy this beautiful fall weather before it gets ridiculously cold…but I digress.

I have been working on other projects during this craziness, one of which is premiering this afternoon on the Emerging Civil War Blog.  I have been asked to be a guest author on their site, and depending on the reader responses, there may be an opportunity to be a recurring author with them!  The post is about coffee during the American Civil War, and discusses the crazy things soldiers and families alike did to get their coffee fix.  It should be up about 1pm, so be sure to check it out!  I’m pretty excited about it, to say the least!

'The Coffee Call,' 1863.  Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

‘The Coffee Call,’ 1863. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Here’s another shameless plug: if you’re in the Blue Ridge at any point before Thanksgiving, check out Virginia Tech’s exhibition ‘Evolving Geometrics‘ at the Moss Arts Center opening today- entry is always free!  Perhaps plan a fun hiking day to the Cascades, hit up the art center and then pig out at a Blacksburg dive for dinner.  It’s a wonderful little college town, with lots of character!

Image courtesy of a meetup group based in Newport News that hiked a section of the Appalachian through Blacksburg in 2011.

Image courtesy of a meetup group based in Newport News that hiked a section of the Appalachian through Blacksburg in 2011.

Anyways, ‘Evolving Geometrics,’ for all you math folks, focuses on three artists (Manfred Mohr, Odili Odita, Patrick Wilson) and their use of geometry to create pleasing yet moving works of art. Their work is phenomenal, and totally worth seeing in person.  Especially Patrick Wilson’s!  It was such a great experience to work with these works of art and these artists.  Starting October 9, Odili Odita will be working with three graduate assistants to create a wall mural that will be on view at the Moss Arts Center until July 2015.  This mural will take 25 days to complete, so again, if you happen to be in town, stop by to see this masterpiece go up!

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