Personal Archaeology 25: Pictures You Never Took of Things That Are No Longer There

It's September 11, which means that my social media feeds have more than one commemorative status. They're not as abundant this year as they were last year, which marked 20 years since the attacks, so I didn't find myself facing as many eagles, flags, and "Never Forget" posts as usual. That's made scrolling a little …

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Personal Archaeology 22: On College, Philosophy, Love, Friendship, and Acceptance

So I have been part of a listserv for My So-Called Life fandom for 20 years. The emails flowed from a trickle to a complete stop years ago when a number of us shifted over to social media or moved on altogether, but back in October, it sprang to life again for a little while. …

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Pretense, Joy, and the Residue of “Cool”

Stop making fun of adult women who read YA; stop making fun of men who take a childlike delight in things. There's no law that says we have to become stuffy and boring as we age. Let people find joy where they can.Boze Harrington "It's Cool, California" by Duncan H is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 I cannot remember …

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The Freedom is Tyranny of the To-Do List III: The Domination

So I was talking to my therapist this week about my issue with long-term projects with a "large" starting point. I used the analogy of a cluttered room (of which I have more than one in the house)--you know you have to start somewhere, but it all looks so overwhelming that you find yourself throwing …

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Personal Archaeology 17: When I Was A Teacher Blogger

On my phone, there's a screencap from an old Innovative Educator post that begins "The unspoken truth about teaching writing in school is that few people doing so are writers themselves."* The first two paragraphs of the post I screencapped. I removed distinguished characteristics of the blog, but you can Google all of this to …

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Revenge Is a Dish Best Served Tired

"Insomnia" by _Jer_ is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0 So I have been reading a lot about how there is a brewing fight between management and labor over physically returning to work when remote work has been not only navigable but successful for many. Although I welcome my returning to a full-time in-person classroom (and laud my school district …

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