"For out of the old fieldes, as men saithe, cometh al this new corne fro yere to yere; And out of old bookes, in good faithe, cometh al this new science that men lere." Chaucer, Parlement of Foules.
The above quote is one of my favourites. It reminds us that all current knowledge rises from the foundation of the wisdom that came before us. All the same, the future will look back on us with the same anthropological eye that we use to peer into our past. And they will consider us just as foolish and barbaric.
I also appreciate the great Tom Robbins opening line: "It has been reported that Tanuki fell from the sky using his scrotum as a parachute."
My research interests include medieval medicine, folded almanac manuscripts, astro-medicine, and medieval ontology. Basically those are fancy words for saying I like the part where they made people bleed, or didn't, depending on the moonlight.
I communicate using humour, believe in learner-centred teaching, and prefer to do my work outside the ivory tower, although I do enjoy the shade it casts on particularly hot days.
I also crochet.