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About That Unique* Weblog

Adjusting to the car culture, dealing with leaving a career I love, and spouting off along the way.

Glad I Saw It: Patriotic Pride

This is our new flag; it’s so new I haven’t even ironed it yet. I purchased this thinking I’d put it up on inauguration day, but I didn’t want to wait. It is a hopeful sight, and I need that … Continue reading

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Review: Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Short Answer: Roxane Gay’s DIFFICULT WOMEN is a must-read. (You can read one of the stories here.) And it’s one you should invest in because you’ll want to read many of the 21 short stories more than once. Long, General … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Resisting Weariness

I’ve been sensing, both in myself and in those around me, a weariness — an overwhelming despair — thinking about the years ahead led by a President who is unqualified, dangerous, and hateful. Hillary Clinton anticipated this for us on Day … Continue reading

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Books as Escape: Giveaway

Congrats to Steph and Daria! I’m currently finishing Nicole Blades’ new novel The Thunder Beneath Us, and it’s been a great escape from, well, real life. Following Best, the main character, through her personal drama –familial, romantic and work — is … Continue reading

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Self-Care in the Age of Trump

It’s going to be a marathon, folks. And we need you all primed, warmed-up, and ready. Many people have expressed feelings of helplessness and hopelessness to me in recent days. The adrenalin of the immediate aftermath of the election has waned, … Continue reading

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Betsy DeVos is Unqualified – Public Education is Worth Fighting For

For the last several years, I have spent my fall supervising (consoling, supporting, commiserating, listening to, advising, crying with, laughing with, critiquing, boosting, hugging) student teachers. They have been an amazing, diverse, and skilled group. We need young people to … Continue reading

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Complacency = Complicity; Don’t Stand Idly By

If you aren’t condemning what is happening, if you aren’t paying attention, if you are shrugging because you aren’t (yet) personally affected, you are complicit. No matter who you voted or didn’t vote for, don’t waste time with finger pointing … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Georgette Gilmore on #NoNormalization of Donald Trump

My friend Georgette gave me permission to re-post this from her Facebook page. I am grateful to her, and I look forward to her passion and action in the days to come. I also hope that those who don’t understand … Continue reading

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What Makes Life Worth Living

Facebook “memories” is a pretty cool feature for those of us with less-than-perfect recall. And sometimes FB friends share posts that scroll onto your screen at the perfect time. With permission, I’m reposting this year old confession from a friend … Continue reading

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Glad I Saw It: Back to School Night

Back-to-School Night is always a night of curiosity and perhaps a little anxiety for parents. Teachers, too. Looking around the classrooms and hallways, knowing what my kids are surrounded with all day is what I always like to pick out and … Continue reading

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