Research is My Bitch

I started to title this “Research is a Bitch,” but then I decided, no, I’m not giving in like that.  Research is my bitch.  I am the queen of research.  Yes, a quote by Wallace Stegner has taken me three hours to cite because the original source was hard to locate.  But so what?  I found the Stegner quote in the first place and it’s a really good quote for this proposal I’m writing.  It says everything I could want to say:

“Neither the country nor the society we built out of it can be healthy until we stop raiding and running, and learn to be quiet part of the time, and acquire the sense not of ownership but of belonging … Only in the act of submission is the sense of place realized and a sustainable relationship between people and earth established.”

And the citation?  I found it, thanks to intrepid research:

Stegner, Wallace. “The Sense of Place.” Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West. New York: Random House, 1992.  Originally commissioned and published in pamphlet form by the Wisconsin Humanities Committee, 1986.

Research is my bitch.  I own it.

[So there.  I wrote an “aside.”  And I guess titles for “aside” formats are at the end of the piece (see below), which kinda messes up that whole first sentence.]

5 Comments Research is My Bitch

  1. Maizy May 5, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    Hello! I like your blog and your liberal, open mind in a conservative setting. I also love your science posts! I hope to read more from you soon.

    1. Meg May 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Awww, thanks so much, Maizy. I miss writing the science posts — I need to start doing them again. Your comment is encouragement!

      1. Maizy May 5, 2014 at 10:26 pm

        As someone hoping to major in chemistry, I LOVE SCIENCE. I didn’t realize it was from 2008, but I hope you start writing them again!

  2. wiser behind the ears May 5, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    My God I have found someone who resonates on the same wave length as myself. Last night I was walking and I saw a sign.that read Open Mic. I took that as a sign I should go in.Then I thought maybe a second sign would really enforce this. And I walked towards the door and on the other side was the. second sign. Open Mike. Pigspittle
    I may propose a brilliant partnership, no, not for life,. But for a mission to be accomplished. and Pigspittle? FORGE!

    1. Meg May 5, 2014 at 10:34 pm

      Hah! Thanks so much for commenting. When I wrote this, I thought, no one is going to be able to follow this leap across my corpus callosum. But here you are! I am happily following your blog now.


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