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How do you eat an elephant?

Welcome to my blog!

I named this blog “the Elephant Project” because it seems to fit my life right now.   

I am a graduate student…one of those people who can’t seem to get enough of classes, libraries, paper writing.  My academic heart beats wildly at animated discussions about the nuances of a particular Hebrew word, the meaning of a single verse in a Biblical passage, and, to be honest, anything and everything having to do with the book of Jeremiah.  “Professional student” is certainly a misnomer…I prefer the term “lover of knowledge.” Yes, my dream is one that happens to require years of work…while many people my age are getting jobs, starting families, and living the 9-5 semi-charmed existence, I am in the library, memorizing obscure dead languages and translating seemingly endless passages in a variety of languages. Someday, with the grace of God, all of this knowledge will prepare me for my dream job.  But for now, my job is to learn.

Which brings me to the elephant project.  Getting into a PhD program feels just about as daunting as eating an entire elephant. My Dad has this picture on his desktop computer at home that reads “How do you eat an elephant?  One bite at a time.”  This phrase stuck with me, and has become my mantra the past few weeks. So, bite by bite, I am taking on this massive challenge.

I’ll post each day (or so) with random tidbits about my experiences, my work, and my faith. Thank you for listening!

Bob Rice

Catholic speaker, musician, author, teacher

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The Elephant Project

one day, one prayer, one bite at a time