Last week I presented a paper at the Hawaii International Conference on Arts and Humanities. There were approximately 600 presenters over a four day period, presenting on a wide variety of topics. It is also an excuse to blow off the conference and enjoy the beautiful island of Oahu, Hawaii.

Academics are a particular breed of self-absorbed introspective intellectual braggarts; I mean this as an utmost compliment, because we need to be. The trick is to know when to shut up, and interact with other human beings without over-analyzing the minutia of every day occurrences. Turning the focus back on to our varied topics is necessary in order to succeed. Success being measured by the creativity of our ideas. Creativity itself does not pay the bills, unfortunately, as the real world will quickly and harshly remind you.

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