I may not actually write every day, because I know myself. But this is part of my initiative to write every day from today until April 21. In order to accomplish this, I give myself permission to write short and sweet. I give myself permission to go slightly off topic, even totally off topic as … More Every day.
A day without immigrants: this article wouldn’t be here, because my grandparents wouldn’t have had my father, and I wouldn’t exist. A day without women: this article wouldn’t be here. My concerns these days are days without humanity. Are we wearing out our welcome on this planet? There was a moment – a long-lasting moment … More Zen and adjuncting
As the spring semester begins, once again I am unprepared. I have a draft of a syllabus, partially ready, and nothing more. Classes begin on Tuesday, less than a week from now, and I am still not sure what I will be teaching. We schedule our staff months in advance. My name appears next to … More Another semester begins
I know about unhealthy relationships. My parents married in their teens and fought a lot when I was little. After the divorce, my mother had a series of relationships with screaming and fighting, and sometimes physical abuse. The adults were decent enough to keep the physical violence out of sight from my little sister and … More Low-Contact Adjuncting
Hello fellow debt-burdened readers. I assume that you, like me, have student loans. And maybe, like me, you have a reason to believe that you may qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF). PSLF is exciting for those of us who take low-paying public service jobs, because with PSLF, our society rewards us by … More How to apply for PSLF (or how to lose sleep and maintain dignity if you’re an adjunct professor)
There’s a point in every adjunct’s life when she or he gets retail envy. I don’t know this to be true, but I know I’m not the only one. It’s not that I really think retail workers have it better than me, although some do. For example, if you’ve ever visited a Container Store, notice … More Retail Envy
Fridays are my days off. My days to work from home. On Fridays, I relax, catch up on grading, work on projects from my freelance employment if I have any. I also use Fridays to work on a course I’m developing for my CC (paid by an internal grant, which is great). Some Fridays are … More Friday