Working on a dissertation can make you feel as if you’re alone in the library. Maybe that’s because some days you are in fact alone in the library. Everyone else has gone home, gone out, gone to bed. Or, they’ve left for the semester. And you’re sitting there trying to work, feeling isolated.

This feeling can be even worse when you are working a research topic that has received very little critical attention. Scholar-Loner.

And then your fiancee tells you about a Food & History conference. You attend and in two days meet twenty different scholars and doctors and writers who are all interested in the same field – food & history!

I’m no longer alone! And it feels pretty darn good!!