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Nov 29 2010


It’s just part of the nature of this messy job that so much of it goes unwritten and unsaid. I could write volumes and volumes and still never capture the range of what I do and have done to me, what I do and don’t accomplish, what I ache for, and what things might be…

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Nov 22 2010

Day this what to fight evebody

I’ve had the opportunity over the past couple of days to hear my students’ voices more honestly than ever before. Here’s a sampling of responses to: “write comments that you feel like the staff on this campus need to be aware of in order to improve the climate on this campus.” – stay on top…

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I can say it aloud now: things are getting better. Partly because of this, and partly because of meeting, matriculating, and constantly thinking about 2011 corps members (Hi!), I’ve finally been able to work out a clear way to express why I’m here. The Question is asked in a number of slightly different, very interesting ways:…

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Nov 16 2010

Eating Soup with a Fork

I think about my Institute kids all the time. I did get a picture, and I got a list of email addresses. I even got to visit a couple of them in October. But I still feel like I abandoned them. It’s too easy to justify yourself out of feeling guilty and responsible–I only had…

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It’s so important to be living and working for a purpose. This is hard, hard work. But it’s all for a REASON, which is just what I was missing. The reason I’m here is because in my last year of college, my eyes were opened to so many of the ways our world is SO…

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Nov 14 2010

Just make it to November 11th.

On the way to school: I dreamed I was in a meeting with my administrators and found out I was to be “terminated.” Wishful thinking? Paranoia? Your guess is as good as mine. First period: Revolt. My wise young lesbian interrupts me in the middle of a crappy lesson on no-one-knows-what to address the class:…

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Nov 14 2010

If only…

If I’d been blogging during the last two weeks, you would have heard all about: – The day my Big Goal came to class and BLEW UP at me, big time. That was the angriest I’ve ever seen anyone. – The day I (finally) wrote a kid up for throwing things around my room, to…

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Nov 01 2010


My titles are just getting cleverer and cleverer. I know things are changing because even on days like today, when I wake up just the same way as I used to, hating everything and just looking for a way out (and not finding one), my thoughts still somehow morph into “don’t throw today away” and…

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