July 4th, 2012

older Cordelia

[Tuesday (P+5)] would i still get a good reference if i set the place on fire?

I've been messaging with a guy on OKC and he mentioned, "I'm kind of a border dweller (see Maria Pallota-Chiarolli's work on the subject) between groups"

Looking her up [ProTip: it's "Pallotta" -- 2 T's], I found queer, poly, multi-cutural Australian YA.

I was also reminded of Lauren Berlant (who I only know of because I saw her speak at Smith once while I was there).

Her pubs include:
  • "Risky Bigness: On Obesity, Eating, and the Ambiguity of "Health," in Jonathan Metzl et al., Against Health/ (NYU, 2010).
Bonus: that book is a Networked Resource, so I don't actually have to go to Cabot and borrow it on 28-day loan. (I have an abundance of books I'm carrying around, many of which are due back at a library at some point, so this is something I can read during downtimes at work.)

Tiger Beatdown quoted Michael Warner (The Trouble With Normal) and I remembered that I own Crip Theory [which is not by Michael Warner, but the mention of The Trouble With Normal made me think of it] and various other books on disability.

There are things I'm passionate about, which I love engaging with. Which was really good to be reminded of given my recent feeling of spinning my wheels.

I am really bad at making good use of e.g. downtimes at work, and so many of the projects I wanna be doing are organizational projects which I feel like don't have the same sort of productive caché... (like they don't have a lot of utility or interests to persons other than me). But I can figure out ways to do SOMETHING.

On Friday I got asked to print out some doctoral papers, and skimming one I was reminded that oh yeah, lit reviews are a Thing -- my desire to read All the things and regurgitate that information can actually be parlayed (with some adjustment) into a standard way of doing academia.

Theologian, academic, social justice warrior ... there are things that are What I Do, and I don't necessarily do them in ways that people find standard, but I can cultivate them into more a part of my life, in ways that I find rewarding and enriching.

I'm going to take Koester's Paul class [7:40-9:40pm? I may acquire a coffee habit] this Fall for credit. ("Do one thing every day that scares you.")

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"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

Thus says God to these bones: "I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am God." (Ezekiel 37:5-6, NRSV, alt.)

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[Wednesday (P+5)] holiday joy sadhana has a tired

"Joy Sadhana is a daily practice in the observation of joy."
-mylittleredgirl [more info]

Thus says God to these bones: "I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am God." (Ezekiel 37:5-6, NRSV, alt.)

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