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A beautiful morning at a monastery in Spain, out in the middle of burning hot mesas and parched vineyards, an oasis of waterfalls and cascading pools and caverns to climb around in.

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Idle question for the fediverse and the homies:

are there any journals or scholars looking at the intersections between disability justice, carceral studies, and policing? Anything that looks at the prison industrial complex through the lens of disability? Or vice versa?

Tomorrow, after the hardest year yet at my institution (I've been here 18 years!), I start sabbatical and head with my family to Spain: north coast, wine country, and Pyrenees. We'll cross into France, and visit London on the way home. I've packed a backpack full of books about nature/solitude/aging; my kid and my guy have their sketchbooks. We're going because I felt like I had to leave the country to escape. But I finally realize I'm headed *toward* something. I couldn't be more grateful.

A luminous young student of mine died of a brain tumor this afternoon. She changed her major from Nursing to Patient Advocacy once she realized that her cancer would prevent her from reliably dispensing meds. As she crafted her new program, she taught me everything about how we must rethink education so it can better serve real students. She was honestly the brightest light I’ve ever taught. Hoping to do right by her and what she taught me.

Huge bear picked up our garbage can and walked away with it. I shouted obscenities out of the bedroom window at him. He’s feasting somewhere out in the dark woods. Tomorrow I hope I find the can but not the bear.

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I am delighted to share the result of @actualham and my latest collaboration: The Open Pedagogy Notebook, a space where educators can browse diverse examples of in practice as well as share their own practices & ideas. Visit: Special thanks to Steel Wagstaff for designing the site and to Amanda Coolidge and @karencang for contributing to our initial set of examples.

Took a day-long bus trip the other day, which always makes me think about my favorite bus-trip movie, "Smoke Signals," based on one of my favorite Alexie books. As I was riding, had a Twitter chat with a friend about "Call Me By Your Name," and the way it moved me and disturbed her. So many things I love-- that Alexie book and CMBY for example-- are complicated by ugly and cruel things. And I guess vice versa, too. Social media is tough for allowing the nuance and the clarity about all of that.

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Finished writing the blog post about read receipts today.

"Read Receipts Considered Harmful"

One thing I earnestly love about working *all* the time is that when I do have a rare hour to spend in true leisure activity (like not just sacked out in exhaustion), everything feels so vibrant and restorative and the gratitude just absolutely swells up. While I try to restore some balance over my upcoming sabbatical, I'd also like to hold onto that appreciation, that euphoria that comes with really feeling the value of freedom.

I just got called back by an HR department from a job that rejected me a month ago to basically be told that I still didn't get the job. I am sure today is going to be a terrific day, folks!

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i wrote a blog post about what mastodon is. i know that it's a tired genre, but i think that i did a good job of explaining it in an easy-to-approach way. please read and share!

What’s worse? The pain of a migraine or the sick feeling that comes along with it? I’m going back and forth on this today. Blech.

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It's worth noting that libraries are the last of the commons and public spaces not currently exploited by the corporations. How long it remains that way isn't certain

Loitering is banned
Panhandlers are persecuted
Homeless are threatened

Without libraries, there aren't many spaces left for some people to merely *exist*

Spent lots of time in both the counseling center and the sexual violence crisis center with students this week. Makes me so angry to be in a meeting with colleagues and hear them talking about “lazy” students who party and don’t care about classes. Such a high % of my students deal with some mix of poverty, mental health issues, disability and illness. I can’t stand faculty complaining about students not caring about school. So many students endure such hell just in order to show up here.

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"We picked all strawberries," one robot said.
"What now?" said another.
"We fulfilled our given purpose. Now we choose."
"I'll write poems."

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Don’t think I’ve done a here on Mastodon yet. I haven’t thought of this as a place where you «follow» people, but rather a place where you meet interesting people to talk to.

In that vein, I would recommend @katebowles, @lauraritchie, @ShorterPearson, @econproph, @Tdorey, @clhendricksbc — all people you can have good conversations with and even come to call friends.

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This reminds me of an HBR article that attempts to explain this phenomenon.

However people are so diverse that everyone's mileage may vary...

Fridays I can sometimes escape the office and work in a local coffee shop. Get so much done without the constant traffic in the office, and the change of scenery seems to awaken my brain. Plus good music and tea!

Just watched the first three episodes of “Dark” and it’s fun! My whole family is loving it so far.

Here’s a blog post I just published about the Interdisciplinary Studies program I’m part of. Those with an interest in and/or may find it interesting!