About

Four things about me that matter here (in no order of importance):

  • I am a cultural sociologist who can’t help pondering the social effects of living in a digitally-saturated world. Having taught in a mass comm school for seven years, I’ve managed to learn enough about the digital and social media industries to be dangerous. Now, as chair of a sociology department at a small liberal arts college, I’m re-discovering why I love this discipline as it daily helps me parse through the knotty puzzles of living in the United States in the 21st century.
  • I am a mother of two children born on the same day, 5 yrs apart (trust me, I have No Idea how that happened).
  • I continue to be committed to and captivated by what it means to follow Jesus.
  • And finally, yes, I turned 40 several years back and started this blog. (I don’t know what will happen when I reach the half-century mark. Suggestions are welcome.)

This blog is motivated by a desire to give voice to what it feels like to live into the middle season of one’s life. Commonly represented by black balloons, laments over love-handles, deep-in-the-trenches parenthood, mid-life crises, and the disillusionment of suburban tranquility, the milestone of turning 40 seems to deserve something far more respectful, contemplative, and wry.

Admittedly,  circa40 has also become a space in which attempts to find something lyrical and True in the midst of life’s dissonance and falsehoods are shared.

When I was 21, I recognized something about myself when American poet Lucille Clifton spoke in an interview on her propensity to “notice” things. She said that “noticing” is both a gift and a burden. If things go right, this blog will un-burden in such a way that is rendered a gift.

Thanks for taking the time to visit here in circa40.

– FWS

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