The Big Rhetorical Podcast Episode 09: Emerging Scholars Series: Emily N. Smith

 Modified: October 31, 2019 at 2:24 pm

An episode of Spotify’s podcast “The Big Rhetorical Podcast.” This episode is “The Big Rhetorical Podcast Episode 09: Emerging Scholar Series: Emily N. Smith (the link opens in a new tab) by Charles Woods. Find The Big Rhetorical Podcast on Twitter @thebigrhet  (the link opens in a new tab) and Facebook at  (the link opens in a new tab).

The Language of This Criminal Sentence Sounds So Outdated and Nonmodern

 Modified: October 19, 2019 at 12:16 pm

Wow! Did you hear the sentence of punishment quoted for that criminal in modern language? Speechless. It sounds so nonmodern. 😳

#amlistening #wow

Source:  (the link opens in a new tab).

Friedrich Nietzsche and his “God is dead” Quote

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 1:28 pm

Philosophize This’s episode ninety, “Nietzsche pt. 1 – God is dead and so is Captain Morgan  (the link opens in a new tab), is the first in the rest of the Nietzsche section (a four-part episode section of episodes 90, 91, 92, and 93) has really struck a great chord with me while listening to the show. I did a quick Google search for “where does the ‘God is dead’ quote by Nietzsche come from” and found the textbook Nietzsche wrote the quote in. In this time between undergraduate and master’s, I am adding this book that the quote comes from to my to-read list: The Gay Science  (the link opens in a new tab).

General English Language, Literature, and Rhetoric

 Modified: October 19, 2019 at 2:46 pm

Who doesn’t have a podcast they are listening to about now? Well true, yes, some of you may not listen to them and instead prefer audiobooks or music? I discovered podcasts through Spotify and see there seems to be an abundance of them produced on countless topics and subjects by many authors. I found my next podcast series that’s up in the queue for listening. It’s been recommended by a mentor I studied under during my undergraduate studies’ later years and is named “Mere Rhetoric (the link opens in a new tab). I was taking a browse through their archives pages on “Mere Rhetoric” to see how to organize my offline folder before downloading the episodes to listen to if I happen to be offline. 

If everything goes along with a Higher Power and how I am trying to plan, take action, and make work, a shift toward this field of rhetoric and composition is where I will be going while applying to graduate programs. Either rhetoric or a generalist background, study, and instruction of English.

I have decided to postpone my efforts at graduate school until after earning a second bachelor’s degree. I will be starting a Bachelor of Arts in English with a Writing and Rhetoric Concentration (ENWR), my second undergraduate degree, this January 2020. I have consulted a few academic contacts on this decision and have come to a decision with that gathered information that this is the best insurance to have as an educational background when applying to a Master of Arts in English program. I will be studying at my undergraduate Alma Mater, Nicholls State University, through the online division again, which I highly recommend as a distance learning pathway to earning a post-secondary degree. There is even talk I hear of that a Master of Arts in English program will be available in Nicholls graduate programs to come fall 2020. That would be phenomenal! I would love to be approved as a student for that online program. I have a few other schools in mind, also: Northwestern State University and the University of New Orleans. They are two schools also in the University of Louisiana (UL) system just like Nicholls State is in the UL system. All are stepping stones on my career path outlook of becoming a post-secondary English language instructor.

The notion that I would like to focus my efforts going forward on in giving back through teaching came to me during my last few years earning my B.I.S. degree at Nicholls Online  (the link opens in a new tab) through the Interdisciplinary Studies Department at Nicholls State University  in Thibodaux, Louisiana (the link opens in a new tab).


Theological philosophy

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 1:51 pm

A take on theological philosophy, narrated by Stephen West.

A Hegel discussion podcast titled “Hegel’s God,” via episode seventy-six on Philosophize This! Hegel, by Stephen West, on philosophical theology  (the link opens in a new tab).

Food For Thoughts on Moral and Ethical Justifications on Killing of Animals and Plants

 Modified: October 31, 2019 at 2:27 pm

And I envision myself at one point being able to attend frequently enough some kind of gathering where topics like this become the norm for conversations. Questioning these types of things opens me up at times to questioning what really is the pecking order of life? Spanning not only sentient beings but including that and, more broadly, spread across the spectrum of all earth’s living, existing beings/things.

Stephen West’s Interview with Massimo Pigliucci on David Hume and Stoicism

 Modified: October 18, 2019 at 1:57 pm

Here, Stephen West interviews Massimo Pigliucci, a current-day philosopher, and practitioner of stoicism, about his views on David Hume.

In the podcast’s episode, stoicism is mentioned, which is of interest to me, personally, seeing as how I take an inventory of my motives, actions, thoughts, and reactions daily for my recovery program. Stoicism sounds similar to this and it may be how the older civilizations of humanity practiced such things, knowing the lifestyle in terms of being a ‘stoic,’ not necessarily in recovering from the disease of addiction but, also, in terms of being ‘ethically mindful’ in all areas of life (Pigliucci the link opens in a new tab). This attitude and lifestyle of stoicism, though, need not only apply to those suffering from addiction. Living as a stoic, in modern times, is possible for anyone. Stephen West’s interviewee, Massimo Pigliucci, mentions a website blog he runs with thoughts on this ( the link opens in a new tab), which Pigliucci lets us know he will also turn into a book.

Philosophize This! Podcast by Stephen West

 Modified: October 20, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Great listen!

Philosophize This! Podcast ( the link opens in a new tab), on Spotify  (the link opens in a new tab), by Stephen West (@Iamstephenwest on Twitter-  the link opens in a new tab). Find the podcast on  (the link opens in a new tab),  (the link opens in a new tab),  (the link opens in a new tab), and  (the link opens in a new tab).