Welcome to Doctor Tales!

Welcome! Doctor Tales is a new blog to help doctoral students succeed during and beyond their academic journeys.


Welcome! Doctor Tales is a new blog to help doctoral students succeed during and beyond their academic journeys. We are Dr. Bessie DiDomenica (PhD) and Dr. Patricia Mason (DBA), two doctors who took the journey. We earned our doctoral degrees in 2015 and offer our strategies for other doctoral candidates to succeed.

Three years on, we are still write and encourage adult learners to pursue their educational dreams.

2018 updates: Dr. Patti’s research on electronic health records implementation (EHR) is a hot topic in the world of healthcare! She is in demand as an expert in EHR in rural health clinics. This year, Dr. Patti received her Reiki Certified Master/Teacher certificate. She will write more on the value of relaxation for anyone pursuing their academic dream.

Dr. Bessie is exploring a writing business for scholars and adult learners. She will facilitate a panel discussion on mobile food markets at an urban farming conference, and is working on several book projects. Dr. Bessie is very excited about her plans to create a foundation to help older and special needs cats and dogs.

Dr. Patti and Dr. Bessie are also writing a book for  adult learners and graduate students. We’ll post more updates as things develop.

We truly embrace our new roles as scholar-practitioners, and encourage others to take their education beyond the classroom.

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Replenish: Smart Water and Innovations

Water is the life forces that sustains the planet. The Earth’s water cycle connects to the ocean, land and the atmosphere. This cycle creates weather and the Earth’s climate. The quality of life depends on changes in the water cycles. But in the U.S., we consume about 2,000 gallons of water daily, a morning shower takes 17 gallons of water and it takes more than 34 gallons of water to grow coffee beans for your cup of java. Even your desktop computer takes 7,300 gallons of water to make. How can we conserve water for the future? What solutions can reverse the global water crisis?

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Reiki 101: How to Relax

When my clients come to me requesting a Reiki treatment, I know they’re ready to release negative energy, old behavior patterns, and beliefs that no longer serve them. They may be fully aware of why they need to see me, or just know on a subconscious level that whatever they’ve been doing has not been working.

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Celebrating Women Farmers

March is National Women’s History month. This blog is in celebration of women farmers. We’ve been growing food and farming the land for centuries in America and around the world. But even today, it’s still hard to know the number of women farmers worldwide. One source explained that most small-scale farmers are women in developing countries. In the agricultural sector, women are 60% to 80% of the farmers in non-industrialized countries. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) estimates that women make up 43% to 70% of the agricultural labor in developing countries. What’s the real story about women farmers today? Are the numbers dynamic or static? What does the future of women in farming look like?

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Unknown Places: Three Years Later

It is funny how quickly your journey can change. When started thinking about earning a doctorate I had envisioned myself teaching. Three years later, I am still not teaching. Higher education was entering a bubble-era before I graduated. Colleges begin to restructure to meet the changing demands of funding and budget cuts in Washington. Full time teaching positions faded fast. So, what now?

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Stop Food Waste: Start At Home

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi’s powerful quote reminds me that most people want the world to be a better place. Change only happens inside each of us. The change I wish to see is less harm to Mother Nature. I want to see better ways to feed ourselves. One way is to stop food waste. How can we stop food waste and food loss? How important are they to the future of food?

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Writing Well: Three Signs You’re on the Right Track

If you’re like most people, writing does not come easy. One thing I know about writing is that revisions are my best friend. But that’s only one part of the problem of writing. The other part is to engage the reader. Whatever form of writing you’re doing, you need to grab your audience quickly. You want them to care about your topic. Think about it: Why should the reader spend time reading this? What’s my argument? So what? Who Cares?

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Alt-Ac Career Toolkit: Blogging

Social media is not exactly at the top of the list for many scholars. Whether you’re an alt-ac professional or an academic, you need to share your ideas with the world. One thing I kept in mind as I wrote my dissertation: I didn’t want it to sit in a dark corner, beautifully bound, collecting dust, silent and quiet. I picked my food policy topic because it was  dynamic – our food system is broken and there are different ways to fix it. I’d like to  explore solutions and publish what I find. Blogging is one pathway I use to improve my alt-ac career.

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