Hopefully some of you will have noticed that I have not written a blog post since the last week of August. This seems like a good time to explain why.
First, the good. I successfully defended my dissertation this morning, so I am now officially no longer a Ph.D candidate but an actual Ph.D. Finishing the writing and editing took some time, as did making sure I actually knew what I had written, and so in the interests of not getting distracted by outside stuff, I figured it would be good to lay off blogging until the process was behind me. Getting a Ph.D. is a funny thing, since nothing is substantively different now than it was a few hours ago; I am no more or less knowledgeable, no better or worse a writer, no sharper or duller an analyst, yet somehow those three letters confer an added level of credibility. Whether that means that some will take me more seriously or that some will expect a higher level of analysis I can’t say, but I am certainly glad to have it behind me.
Next, the bad. On the afternoon of September 4, just a few hours before the beginning of Rosh Hashanah and the onset of the Jewish new year, my mother passed away after a far too brief eight month battle with a brain tumor. Her diagnosis came out of the blue and was a death sentence, and she hung on valiantly for as long as she could but ultimately succumbed. My blogging had been a lot lighter in 2013 for that reason, as my mom was diagnosed in early January and my family and I logged a lot of hours going back and forth to NY every two weeks to visit her. Since she passed away, I have not been in the frame of mind to devote the time and attention to the blog as it requires, and so despite all of the things going on in Turkey, Israel, and the wider world, I have kept the blog dark.
This is all to say that it is time to get back into things, and I plan on picking things back up next week. I hope that my readers forgive me for the time away, and that I actually have some readers left.
Very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I’m looking forward to your restarting the blog, whenever you are ready to do so.
My father checked out last fall at 94 – I know how you feel. Regarding the PhD: when I got mine in 1972 the one thing that popped into my mind was “I can ask patronizing doctors to call me doctor too.” After 31 years in academe I can say that most academics have zero credibility outside their particular field, though I must say the greatest problem in the academic world is a serious humor deficiency.
Congratulations Dr. Michael, and welcome back!
Your blogs were missed!
I read your post with smiles (for the good) and tears for the passing of your Mom
May it be only good and smiles from now on!
Jim Prier Vancouver, Canada
Congratulations and condolences. I look forward to seeing more of your analysis and commentary in the future
Congrats, Dr. Koplow….I know your Mom would be so proud of your latest achievement
המקום ינחם on your mom’s passing.
Mazel Tov Dr. Koplow. Impressive. You know how much I love your mom, she would be so so proud of you. I am so so proud of you. May your PhD/education bring you an abundance of happiness and success. Love, Jill
Thank you for sharing all of this is with us – the good and the bad – and it’s good to have you back.
Very glad to see you back, and good work on your Ph.D! I understand your absence, and I am looking forward to your future posts. Now sending love and hugs on the loss of your mamma. Be well.
I’m sorry to hear of your mothers passing. May only good things come your way.
Congrats on the PhD. I’ll be reading your blog with a sense of reverence.
My heartfelt condolences on losing your mother and my heartfelt congratulations on earning your PhD. I look forward to your renewed engagement in these interesting times.
Very sorry to hear about your mother.
Congratulations on the three new letters.
You do, in fact, have at least some readers left.
Your absence certainly was noticed and you were missed. Congratulations on the PhD and commiserations on your mother. Good to have you back
Congratulations and my condolences.
Deepest condolences on the loss of your dear mother. Congratulations on your Ph D, an amazing achievement, your loved ones must be proud of you.
All the best from a reader in Izmir, TR.
I’m very sorry for your loss.