Life Update and New Semester’s Resolutions for Fall 2021

I recognize that I haven’t updated this space since April. I know I don’t have a lot of readers, but I value those I have, and I haven’t forgotten. In April, I unexpectedly and suddenly lost one of my cats, Legend. I have spent most of my time and energy since then trying to findContinue reading “Life Update and New Semester’s Resolutions for Fall 2021”

Apparently It’s Suicide Awareness Month?

***Serious Content Warning: suicide, self harm. Seriously. This one’s raw. . . . So, apparently September is “Suicide Awareness Month.” Let me just start by saying This Sucks. Seriously. I hate it. All those blithe “You have so much to live for, I’m always listening, here’s the suicide hotline” shareable posts. If you share oneContinue reading “Apparently It’s Suicide Awareness Month?”

Diversity Representation in Children’s Media that Isn’t Working

Today I want to tell a story. I want to tell this story because, while I’m not a specialist in disability studies of any kind, I’m a disabled person, and following the work of those specialists has lately really helped me understand my own stories. I’m hard of hearing. My sister has exactly the sameContinue reading “Diversity Representation in Children’s Media that Isn’t Working”

Book Review: The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty (no spoilers)

I recently finished reading the final installment in S. A. Chakraborty’s Daevabad Trilogy, The Empire of Gold, which came out on June 30th in my region. It’s the first book I’d pre-ordered in a very long time, and I was not disappointed. If you’re looking for a recent fantasy trilogy, I’d highly recommend it forContinue reading “Book Review: The Daevabad Trilogy by S.A. Chakraborty (no spoilers)”

Letting Students Lead: Race in the Classroom

Like my last post, this is addressed primarily to my white readers, this time the white teachers who read my Work Thursday posts. I’m white, from a super-privileged middle class background, one that has benefited a lot from systemic racism. Many of my students over the years, however, have been Black, from a variety ofContinue reading “Letting Students Lead: Race in the Classroom”

Dear White Christians

This one is just for the white Christians. If you’re Black, I love you, but there isn’t really anything I can tell you right now that you don’t already know; much of what I have to say here I learned from Black people. If you’re not Christian, then arguing on the basis of Christian scriptureContinue reading “Dear White Christians”

A Televangelist Meets God

In heaven, God walks with a recently arrived man. In life, he had been a wildly popular and successful evangelical preacher. The preacher finally asks his burning question:  “Lord, I prayed that you would keep us safe from the virus, but it killed me. I was so scared and in so much pain. It wasContinue reading “A Televangelist Meets God”

What Happens When You Die In A Dream?

We’ve all heard the legend that if you die in a dream, you die in real life. Usually when you’re in a life-threatening scenario in a dream, you wake up before you actually die. Usually. I’m not a sleep scientist or a psychologist or any of that, so I can’t tell you what science saysContinue reading “What Happens When You Die In A Dream?”

Stairs in Stair Quest Ranked

Stair Quest is a parody game that pays homage to all those memorable climbs in old Sierra games. It’s by No More For Today and if you haven’t played it, I really do recommend that you do. If you have any memory of Sierra games, you probably also have memory of at least one staircaseContinue reading “Stairs in Stair Quest Ranked”

Memento Mori: A Visit to Beech Grove

Something that is safe and pleasant right now is to take a walk in your local cemetery. In a twist that runs contrary to every impulse most people have, the living are dangerous right now, but the dead? Perfectly safe. Cemeteries used to be popular gathering places, no different than other parks. People would haveContinue reading “Memento Mori: A Visit to Beech Grove”

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