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“All the reading she had done had given her a view of life that they had never seen.”

I’d always been a voracious reader as a child. I failed English in 2nd grade not because I didn’t understand the material, but because I was so bored I couldn’t stand it, and would read whatever book I could hide in my lap. One memorable day, I was told to stay in during recess (unsupervised, […]

Congratulations, [alma mater]! Here are five reasons why I will never attend your school, again!

Dear [alma mater] Career Services, specifically C. R. [edited from original Facebook post, because this is public – I’m airing a grievance, not trying to get someone fired]:

Sending an email entitled “Congratulations Graduate! Eleven Reasons Why I Will Never Hire You.” and introducing that as an article/discussion point in the forum is a terrible […]

YGTBKM – I’m about to get curse-tastic up in here.

I just learned from Breda’s Facebook (trademark pending) that there’s a New Jersey school implementing a “no cursing” rule for female students. The males, however, have simply been asked to abstain from cursing when females are near.

Allow me to quote from “The Birdcage”:

Val: “Are you upset?”

Armand: “…and let me tell you why.”


So. Kids.

I did my first for-class-credit tutoring today.

I’m working at a charter school here in Memphis, two afternoons per week, for an hour an a half (or so, depending on what needs to be done afterward), and today I worked with third graders and fifth graders, in math.

We’re giving diagnostic tests this week to […]

Grad school first impressions (WTF, with a silver lining)

Monday night was my first class…Portfolio and Practicum 1. We have three of these…the first one is during the first semester, the second during the third semester, and the final one during the final semester (it’s merely “practicum” – a.k.a. “student teaching”). My second semester is going to be devoted to learning how to teach […]

Grad school stuff. Exciting!

Tonight was orientation for the MAT program.

First, I wandered into the wrong room (along with half of the other folks who are aiming for MATs…we overheard room 117, so that’s where we went, but it turns out those were M.Ed’s who were asking…whoops…), but we got that straightened out, and began our discussion with […]

Oh, and also…

…I got my official acceptance email yesterday (Monday, basically) from the head of the Education Department letting me know that orientation is this coming Monday night for the MAT students.

So hopefully I get that grant, so I can actually pay for it.

Hooray for brick-n-mortar schooling at a place I’m familiar with, and with […]

Acceptance, and a weird kind of pressure.

So I’ve been unofficially accepted into the MAT program at CBU here in Memphis.

I sent in all of my application materials, had my letters of recommendation, transcripts, and essays submitted last week (I may be missing one for the BASE-TN grant, but I can find someone else to write one for me, if necessary), […]

What I’ve been doing, lately.

Learning to play the guitar, finally.

The Schecter Diamond Series electric to the left is courtesy of Domino (a high school nickname I can’t stop using), my accompanist, who loaned it to me so that I could practice on a guitar without so much force needed to hold down the strings. The Washburn Lyon […]

This? Is partly why I don’t drink any more.

Do you see the person in the blue shirt, grinding with all her might?

You know, the redhead?

Yeah…that would be me, age 23, at basically the only college party I ever attended.

The gal holding my waist, and the gal in the rainbow-striped shirt, are both from Ireland, and were visiting through the…get […]