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I’ve wanted to write a post about work for quite a while but haven’t been able to work it out because of work. So I’m going to justify it now on the grounds that, ultimately, blogging is work, a point I’ll return to in conclusion. To recap, then: Although I have too much work to […]


Cleaning out my desk today for an office move I discovered a copy of an essay I received from a student a couple years ago. I asked the class to write about a person who had had a big influence on them. I reproduce the essay here as is, with only the real names redacted. […]

Of Butterflies’ Wings

I went roller skating for a friend’s birthday party. So. Much. Fun. Exactly like this. [youtube][/youtube] Okay, maybe not quite. Also, it was strange. Oh, how youthful feelings of inadequacy came flooding back in a tidal wave. The moment I walked into the building, I noticed people I know — some very well, some just […]

Thursday playlist: Eye-catching music videos of 2011

Alright. Let’s just cut right to the chase. Here’s the video that made this post a Literacy H Dogfight event. It’s very very NSFW! You have to go the website. Trust Literacy, it’s worth it. Here. Please let us know if you have any favorite characters. Ours is Ronald McDonald. Here are some of the […]

The Reverse Magoo

I’m not sure why, but for the past few weeks I’ve been thinking a lot about an incident that occurred nearly 28 years ago, the night of my high school senior prom. It’s the night I did some stupid things and one really reckless thing. It’s the night that someone was killed. The reckless thing […]

Million Dollar Baby

I never thought I’d be one of those women whose prime directive is the fruitless pursuit of a baby, but it’s happened. I was 38 when I met The Fella. We married in the summer of my 40th year, and began our life together in hot pursuit of creating another life. Fun, carefree sex morphed […]

Finding my Guy

Sometimes you just need a Guy. I am aware of how sexist this is–maybe sometimes the Guy is actually a Gal–but in my experience they’re mostly Guys, these experts upon whom I depend. The Mechanic Guy, the Contractor Guy, the Computer Guy, the Landscaper Guy–it’s crucial to me that I place absolute trust in the […]

Thanks for the memories

No need to comment. I just wanted to post a small tribute to a fine actor and a really great man. Tell your friends and family you love them today.

Skin deep?

In my line of work, it’s ironic to notice someone because of his tattoos. I say “ironic” because most every one of my students has tattoos. But these were different. My semester — giving supplemental instruction to trade and tech students at a community college – began a couple of weeks ago, and while observing […]

Intervention prevention

Sometimes I wonder if I’m an alcoholic. Because I like to drink. A lot. And by that, I mean I like it a lot, and I also often like having a lot to drink. You know what I mean… I’m drinking right now, in fact. Anchor Steam: yum. But I like wine, too, and bourbon […]