the Thesis Home Stretch

Here we are, just two weeks before the end of the semester. The light is at the end of the tunnel, and yet, it is so bittersweet. I will miss seeing you all each week, and I am already feeling wistful about this. But we do have two more meetings to enjoy together!

What a wonderful way to reconnect after the holiday, seeing Darline’s radiant smile with the news of her recent engagement, and seeing our first glimpse of baby Kelly Rose and Mama Marykate….all a glow. New beginnings…despite so much challenge in this unforgettable 2020. I am so taken with all the wonderful things that our shared lives seem to generate.

Your thesis work this semester is indeed on the list of wonderful-things- generated. Thank you to Ryan for sharing his thesis-in-progress presentation as a “grand finale” in our roster. We all agree that Ryan’s current research into journaling and expressive writing is critical and important work. It is a testament to the power of writing to heal, and Ryan delves deep into this complex paradigm as he addresses PTSD and its affects on the psyche. It is fascinating to think about the role writing might play in rebuilding a sense of the world, and the power of self distancing that is embedded in the process itself. Ryan has pulled together an eclectic series of scholarship, including therapeutic models, psychoanalytic theory, writing theory, as well as literary artifacts & poetry – all which serve to jump start his case study research. To listen to Ryan as he works through this project is to see something taking shape that is so important, so vital and necessary. And as I said last night, I can think of no better person to pursue this line of study with true courage, which is a gift back to all of us in this forsaken world.

The remainder of our course timeline:

Next week will be a final chance to clear up any concerns you might have about your final submission for class, and a time to reflect as well.

Have a great weekend!

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