“How to be in the Class”

Every year I try to remind myself that I always survive the month of October, even when it feels that I won’t. Between committee work, meetings, mentoring, advising, organizing our annual celebration of student writing, and observing graduate instructors’ classes, I have little time to read, to write, to sleep, or to think clearly, for that matter. On top of all of these responsibilities, I also have several classes to teach.

I’m not special. October is busy for everyone in academia. Continue reading

When Believing Isn’t Enough

I’ve been thinking about writing this post for a while, and I was scared to do so. See, the thing is, I’m angry and grieving. And I don’t want my words to be driven by those emotions because I’m afraid of the way they will be perceived. I’m often afraid of what others will think when I discuss my infertility and especially when I try to talk about its connection to religion.  But, I feel that it’s time to say the things that I’ve always been afraid to say. It’s time for real talk.  Continue reading