What I Did This Summer

Submitted by Jonathan on Sun, 09/01/2019 - 21:05

The summer was good but went by very quickly. Here's my update on my estival activities.

What I did on my summer vacation
I got an 'A+'!

Our family--just the five of us--stayed at a condo on Hilton Head Island, SC, for a few days. This was our first-ever family vacation that wasn't spent visiting other family and/or friends. It was nice to have the extended time to do new and fun things together.

I went on a camping trip in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado with my two brothers-in-law. We were up at 11,000 feet, just hanging out. It had been a long time since I'd been camping--probably at least five years. It renewed a desire to camp, and now I'm looking forward to camping with my kids. We'll probably start in the backyard, and work our way up to "survivalist" status from there.

One result of the camping trip was that one bro-in-law introduced me to the show Alone, and we've been watching it ever since then. I'm not a big fan of most "reality TV" shows, but this is a good one.

My one other trip with summer was to the Philosophy as a Way of Life (PWoL) workshop at Notre Dame University. It was a good time catching up with some friends, but more importantly (well, maybe just as importantly), growing as a philosophy professor. Much of the time was spent in sessions aimed at improving our practices of teaching philosophy to undergraduates, but, being a bunch of philosophers, we also had to have time for philosophizing about education, the nature of philosophy, human nature, and... well, just about everything.

Here's a few of the books I read/listened to over the last few months (outside of class prep reading):

The Epistemic Significance of Disagreement, by Jon Matheson

Formed for the Glory of God: Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards, by Kyle Strobel

The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk

Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification by Sinclair Ferguson

The Allure of Gentleness by Dallas Willard

The Aging Brain by Thad Polk

The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester

I also got some house projects done, like painting the front porch, re-caulking the bathrooms, and stuff like that. I can occasionally be useful in the material world, too.