I’m not embarrassed to say that I started these posts so I could take better stock of what I learn each day. Most days, it seems like I don’t actually learn anything. I wanted to prove myself wrong. Since my birthday is this weekend-- and since I use it as a starting point for setting … Continue reading What Did You Learn This Year (That You Didn’t Know Last Year)?
"Don't take this the wrong way," she looked up at me quizzically, "but what is your blog actually ABOUT? It kinda seems all over the place. From outrage to reform?" she laughed nervously. I smiled. On Comedy Central, there's a sketch by Key and Peele that I absolutely love. "Luther" as we call him, is a living, … Continue reading From Outrage to Reform: On Race, Power, and Privilege (and sometimes love)
David S. Buckel was a prominent attorney and advocate for civil and environmental rights. In 1993 he worked on a lawsuit on behalf of Brandon Teena, a transgender man who was raped and murdered in a small town in Nebraska. Teena's life and untimely death were later retold in the award-winning Boys Don't Cry. CNN recently … Continue reading Passion Isn’t the Answer
Everyone loves my father's cooking. Whenever anyone stops by, they ask if there's anything left over. If he happens to be away at the store, they'll casually and politely wait (even if their visit had nothing to do with food). Because it was always good, it was always gone too quickly. When we were little, … Continue reading Day 7, Week 10: Finish It
There were four of us. We shared titles, responsibilities and stress. We shared deadlines, assignments and power struggles. We shared supervisors and, sometimes, file folders. Like heroines on a supernatural quest, we each possessed one super-human ability. With our powers combined, we were uniquely poised to be effective, creative leaders... on a bridge to nowhere. Throughout … Continue reading What Do You Do With A Problem?
It was an elective. We could choose what we wanted, but two were required to graduate. The syllabus should have discouraged me, but there was a part of me buried deep down beneath the stunt double and the dancer who secretly wanted to perform. I respected his commitment and his determination that we all understand … Continue reading Day 1, Week 1: Year Two (Don’t Stop Believin’)
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogroves, And the mome raths outgrabe. "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch! Sometimes when I'm overwhelmed I quote lines from Jabberwocky (in … Continue reading Day 4, Week 26: Jabberwocky
After Robin Williams there was Forest Whitaker. He seemed genuine, compassionate. No matter the role: hero, villain, or somewhere in between, I always wanted to trust him. I always wanted to trust in him. I'm not ashamed of my biases. There's only one genre I can commit to with my whole weight: sci-fi/fantasy. But for … Continue reading On Loving Forest Whitaker & Revisiting SMART Goals
I’ve never cared much about money. It’s why I majored in English. It’s why I served in Americorps for two years. It’s why I went to grad school three times. (More on that later.) I’ve been distrustful of those with greater access to critical resources. I’ve been resentful of nepotism that’s led to unequal distributions … Continue reading Day 5, Week 23: The Big Short
I don't like not meeting expectations. It's why I went to grad school, why I stayed in state for college, why I say "please" and "thank you," and why I apologize when I'm wrong. I'm not better than this. I wanted to be a good teacher. I invested time and resources in order to become … Continue reading Day 6, Week 12: One Step Forward, Two Steps Backwards