"I am playing with myself,
I am playing with the world's soul,
I am the dialogue between myself and el espiritu del mundo.
I change myself, I change the world."

Gloria AnzaldĂșa

24 May, 2008

Judy


My dear friend and my boss, Judith Gardner, died this Thursday afternoon.

Judy was a great woman. She was smart--one of the few remaining writing program directors with "only" a Master's degree. I know that the university had to ignore its own policies to retain Judy, but it is to their great credit that they did.

She was the most committed worker I knew. She worked up until two weeks before her death. Through surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and all of the assorted madness, Judy was there. Heck, I call in for a bad headache! But she didn't judge me or others for being weaker than she.

Judy was kind and loving and committed to her friends, her coworkers, and all of our students. Every single teacher in the writing department (I think there are 63 of us) considers Judy a mentor and a friend. How did she manage that? And Judy's last words to me, though neither of us knew they'd be her last, were, "I love you, kiddo."

I love you, too, Judy. And I'll miss you, awfully.

03 May, 2008

Friday is Date Night!



Last night Susan and I went to a local bar to see these guys. Their average age is 14, I think, but they're a talented bunch of kids.

Besides, it was fun to get out of the house--just the two of us!

02 May, 2008

Eight Prompts

Mrs. T. at ChucherĂ­a tagged me for this meme, and it seems as good a way as any to take a break between grading essays.

Here are the rules:

1. The rules of the game get posted at the beginning.
2. Each player answers the questions about her or himself.
3. At the end of the post, tag 5-6 people and posts their names, then go to their blogs and leave them a comment, letting them know they've been tagged and asking them to read your blog.
4. Let the person who tagged you know when you've posted your answer.

What was I doing ten years ago? I was a senior in college (a returning student). I was having a great deal of fun feeling incredibly smart and talented. I believe I was taking Women's Writing, The Twentieth Century Novel (that wasn't the course name, but it was the course function), Rhetoric (a grad class for undergrad credit), and Research Methods (a political science course). Those were heady times.
What are five things on my "to do" list today? 1.
Grade papers; 2. Call for an appointment for doggie baths; 3. do the laundry; 4. grade papers (did I say that twice?); 5. work on syllabus for summer term
Snacks I enjoy: hummus with veggies or pita bread; black bean dip with anything; apples with peanut butter; and coffee ice cream (not currently on the "can have" list)
Things I would do if I were a billionaire: Pay off my bills; rebuild my house; purchase "ranch" in the hill country; travel (notice that these are all things I plan to do without the billions)
Places I have lived: Jackson, MS; Decatur GA; San Marcos TX; San Antonio TX; Grand Canyon AZ; Omaha NE; Minneapolis MN
Bad Habits: eating when stressed, bored, lonely, and for sport; taking on too much work; being short tempered
Jobs I have had: maid, short order cook, waitress, artist's model, nursing assistant, tutor, adjunct and full time instructor
Peeps I want to know more about (or at least peeps I think may be interested in responding):

Cheri at Blog this Mom!
Claire B. at Claire and Me
Sojourner at What does it all Mean?
Anne at Almost Quintessence

I would love to know more about EVERYBODY, but most of you gals don't take part in memes very often, so I'm just going to leave it up to you!