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[Genius Loci] February 2023

Dear mediums who commune with the spirits of place, As I sit at my desk and revisit my notebooks and photos from the Hill of the Skull, the memories of that strange place rush back to me. They bewitch me into a kind of impassioned trance, a rapture. Florida鈥檚 lower altitude ensures a lower resting heart rate, and yet my heart fluters as my notes and photographs transport me back to that dusty mound in the foothills of the Andes....

31 January 2023 路 5 min 路 970 words 路 Jeremy Bassetti

Paradise, Drugs, & Walking Orlando

On a cool December day, I stepped out my front door and walked 3 miles to downtown Orlando. I took with me a camera, a voucher for a free meal at a restaurant, and a can of pepper spray just in case the neighborhood pitbull Cujo was off his leash again. I could have taken my bicycle, but I chose to go slowly to see what might present itself to me....

11 January 2023 路 Jeremy Bassetti
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[Genius Loci] January 2023

Fellow travelers, We have successfully orbited our sun again, at least according to this artificial thing we impose on ourselves called calendars. And as I look at mine, I see something on the calendar that I haven鈥檛 seen since July 2022: meetings and class prep. Yes, dear friends, my sabbatical has come to an end. My sabbatical was nice. I had a lot of time to think, reflect, and write. Its energy has been so good, I鈥檓 trying not to let it go....

30 December 2022 路 7 min 路 1320 words 路 Jeremy Bassetti

2022 End of Year Review

2022 was one of the most rewarding, creative, and productive periods of my life in recent years. I鈥檝e written end-of-year reviews of my creative work for the past few years. In keeping with tradition, below are my reflections on 2022 and my plans for 2023. Reflections & plans Sabbatical work After two years of delays, I finally had a semester-long sabbatical from teaching. My sabbatical took me to Bolivia and Peru for 30 days, where I did research for my ongoing mountains project and took photos for a photobook project I鈥檓 working on....

30 December 2022 路 8 min 路 1646 words 路 Jeremy Bassetti

On Sabbaticals and Micro Sabbaticals

I went on sabbatical during the fall 2022 semester. I am a professor at a school in Orlando, and the time away from teaching and administrative duties was much needed. It gave me the gift of time and space to concentrate on my creative work.聽You鈥檇 be forgiven for finding the idea of doing creative work during a sabbatical oxymoronic. After all, the biblical sabbath is associated with the abstinence of creative work....

29 December 2022 路 5 min 路 862 words 路 Jeremy Bassetti