Gratitudes: How Do I Work This?

Keeping track of gratitudes helps keep me positive and appreciative. The only rule is people can't be on the list because there are too many to name. Focusing on the small things keeps me mindful. Here's my gratitudes for today.

1. I am grateful for the IT folk at work because they do always help me when I need it. (I brought them cookies of gratitude today.)
2. I am grateful to Disability Services for finding me an ESL interpreter to come to my classes and talk about deaf culture.
3. I’m grateful that my heart stress test and all the other cardio tests I took came back negative.

Three things I’m excited about:

1. Rome over Christmas! This is where we’re staying.
2. Heroes starting Monday!
3. My lecture .mp3s for my classes have been downloaded 33 times by students!


New Office Furniture

Today I got my new office furniture. It’s nice, but it takes up so much space that there is barely room to maneuver. After a few minor hassles, everything is now set up. For a while I couldn’t get to the jacks to set up my phone and computer and I didn’t know how to set up the phone, but…

Another Pro-family Hypocrite

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Daniel Striped Tiger

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My Father, the Communist

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My obsession with aging

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This Machine Kills Facists

Like every good, card-carrying leftist, I know who Woody Guthrie is and what he stood for. I’m sure pretty much everyone in the U.S. has heard at least part of “This Land is Your Land.” They’ve mostly heard it in white-washed settings where it’s usually been severed from its political roots. I didn’t know about the additional verses to the…