Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday

Today is Trinity Sunday. It is also the day of my commencement upon which I will be given the title The Reverend Doctor Steven Paul Thomason, Ph.D. Weird. It is appropriate that this ceremony take place on Trinity Sunday, since the Trinity is at the heart of my...
So Close…

So Close…

Apparently dissertation writing is not horse shoes or hand grenades. You know the saying. “Close only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades.” I heard back from my advisor yesterday, regarding the second draft of my dissertation. “SO close,”...
Trinity Sunday

Tear it Down, Build it Again

The current state of my dissertation reminds me of something that happened when we were building an addition to our house in Las Vegas. We hired a friend to be the general contractor and he had sub-contracted the framing to a carpenter that he trusted. The plan was to...

Setback or Blessing?

I met with my thesis advisor and one of the readers on my panel yesterday to discuss the state of my dissertation. The question that had the most emotional impact came when my reader asked, “How important is it that you graduate this May as opposed to next...

Rough Draft of Chapter Three Finished

I sent off the rough draft of chapter three of my dissertation to my reading team this morning. This chapter offers a thick description of the project. The next goal is to get a rough draft of the fourth and final chapter finished before the end of the year....
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