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From the Mississippi River Marathon (2013).
Things didn't go well that day. Then again,
when do things ever go well in a marathon?
When I started this blog, I intended to post updates on my manuscript-in-progress, Bodies in Motion: A Religious History of Sports in America. But it quickly became a place for me to ramble about whatever is on my mind at a given moment. So posts cover everything from my experiments in teaching and writing, to distance running and my unhealthy relationship with college football.

While the topics are often random, I do try to abide by the title of the blog--to situate my words somewhere "between jest and earnest." Academics like myself tend to both over-emphasize how funny they are, while at the same time taking themselves WAY too seriously. 

In this space, then, I try to find a balance between these two extremes. Am I successful? Of course not. But I might as well keep at it. 

For more about me, please visit my faculty page at the Saint Francis University website. Please also feel free to email me with questions, comments, requests, or lucrative book contracts.

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