Category Archives: Seniors

In or out: Older People’s Day

October 1st is the annual International Day of Older People. Hooray! (I think.) Let’s be sure to circle that date on our calendars. Right away. Today. (Yes! I know it’s only one day past mid-September, but now that we’re older, … Continue reading

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your head in the clouds?

Used to be that having your head in the clouds was a sign of adolescent romanticism. Not any longer. One week ago, on my quiet reflective retirement celebration day, I was sitting alone at a Senior hangout (Seniors, as in … Continue reading

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judge not—‘case I forget to flush

Every time I use a certain public bathroom, I am reminded of something I need to share to prepare my family and friends for when I grow older. Hard as I try, I have a difficult time pressing the handles … Continue reading

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morning after: lame duck librarian

Assuming that the Board appointed my replacement last night, I’m even more officially a lame duck librarian this morning. Meanwhile, until my work account ends on August 31st, I continue receiving email notifications concerning boxes upon boxes of new books … Continue reading

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unfortunately…forced into leaving teaching

In an earlier post, I compared “social media” constraints at the end of my teaching career with “social” (public drinking) constraints at its start. In that post, I wondered if the anti-public drinking constraint was aimed particularly at women. …Would … Continue reading

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to drink or not to drink in public…

In a recent post, I alluded to occupational constraints regarding the personal use of social media, put in place in what has turned out to be my last teaching job. Reminds me that at the other end of my teaching … Continue reading

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25 years after the head-on crash, I’m headed in a new direction

It was twenty-five years ago this morning that a routine drive to work on a rainy Monday morning ended up with a totaled car and physical injuries, resulting from a head-on crash with a pick-up truck on a major highway. … Continue reading

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timing

July has given way to August. And I realized something about the passage of time during these countdown days. In the past, when I was counting down to the start of the school year, I did so at this half-way … Continue reading

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not what, but who; joyfully (un)realistic!

The same undergraduate methods professor who introduced me to the Henry Adams quote, discussed in prior posts, that guided my teaching, gave the following words of wisdom, which he repeated often throughout our coursework, making them his mantra. I’m paraphrasing: … Continue reading

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halfway out, and still fighting the bad rap

Halfway through the sixty days’ resignation to retirement, I’m thinking about the posts I’ve written as a map of where my mind has been. Surprised that I’m still reflecting so much on teaching–still infuriated over new teacher evaluation systems and … Continue reading

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