THE SEMESTER IS OVER.
Siiiiiiigh. Because I need a break, but also because my CSU experience was seriously just so great.
Just. So. Great.
And I'm actually stoked to work on my syllabus for the next semester, there.
I'm an unapologetic nerd for higher learning. (Note: I would never apologize for any other form of nerdery, either. Nor should you.)
I'm embracing a "tiny habits" (I'm actually taking a little mini-class on it - or something like that)approach to my existence. Kind of a riff/continuation on/of my "trick" of writing for half an hour at a time. So I'm just doing small things, every day. I'm all about accrual.
And hopefully it will extend to here. :)
Going to a wedding. Hotel to myself for two days. I love writing on planes, but I haven't really done that in hotels. NEW FUN THING. I should explore the region, too - and I might. But December is not always the most FLUSH MONTH for cash flow. Still - Atlanta thrift stores are already calling my name.
Rewriting. Refusing to let it torture me. So far it's working.
I'm interested in empowering women (yes, that's a possibly-overused phrase in that it might mean nothing to people - but I definitely think it's apt) in interpersonal and professional communication situations. A lot of problems, though, shake down to culture-wide issues. I've been informally noting a few things, as I've been teaching writing and professional speaking more in-depth. I'm going to mention these things here and there. Is tiny habit. Instead of trying to collect them all and write about them all EN MASSE - then I'll probably not get to it.
So. First one (and not in order of importance - I don't think). False: Every argument is something to win - and therefore, somebody else is going to have to lose.
I'm reading The Argument Culture by Deborah Tannen in bits and blurbs, but I talk about it all the time in the classroom. My students are young, sure, so I understand why they sometimes want to take EXTREME STANCES ("Gentrification will completely ruin everything!"), but it's obvious in certain examples of media that our country is pretty comfortable embracing polarity. I see it trickling down into social, professional, and interpersonal interactions (usually involving someone immature, no matter their age).
I'm not going to wax anything as to what I think about this falsity. Why? Because there is SO MUCH TO SAY. But it's good to just chew on it, too. Ok, I'll say this: if my only choices in an argument are to win or lose, I'll just sit back and eat some chips, and not participate. Or challenge someone to a game of Acquire. It's more fun to be competitive that way. I will not, however, play Monopoly. It is infantile and basically rigged. Like those "arguments".
I'll probably be on here again, but here's a festive photo for you. The head-tilt is my version of selfie-face. (Is that a thing?) But ignore it. Look, instead, on the majesty of Cleveland's Arcade.