Today Rupert Murdoch called Obama “dangerous” according to an article in the Huffington Post: “I think Barack Obama would describe himself as a pragmatic leftist but he’s not an extremist,” Murdoch said. “I think he sees himself as a president for change and that involves bigger government. He’s made no secret of that. I think that’s dangerous.” This statement reminded me of something I read in the YWCA Dialogue on Race reading packet. I first heard this phrase of “dangerous negro” in an article called “Struggle and Transformation: The Challenge of Martin Luther King, Jr.” by Vincent Harding, written in the mid-80s. Vincent Harding isRead More →

1. Transparencies from 1995. 2. Mimeo/ditto handouts from 1995. 3. Christmas socks with a hole in the toe. 4. Lots of mismatched socks whose mates are somewhere in sock purgatory. 5. Student Evaluations from 1991-1998. 6. Dayrunner pages from 1995-1998. 7. A car repair bill from 1996. 8. A box full of xeroxed readings for old course reading packets. 9. Worn out flip flops. 10. Rusted paperclips.Read More →

Cleaning I’m making good progress on my 40 days/40 steps program for cleaning up my office. For a while, I was on a roll, and so I extended the program to include my bedroom and the rest of the house. In actuality, then, it is more than 40 days and 40 steps. But that’s what I’m calling it and I’m sticking to it! Today, I cleaned out several drawers (which allows me to cross off several steps on the list). I found five pairs of Christmas socks, which I couldn’t wear over Christmas since they disappeared. I was excited. This might sound mundane, but itRead More →

I am making steps toward my goal of cleaning my office this summer. Yesterday, I tackled one of my bookshelves and encountered my 1929 edition Oz book, Ozma of Oz. I’ve always loved the art by John R. Neill, and I especially like the 1929 art nouveau cover. Finding this book raised many fond memories for me. I learned to read with the Oz books, starting with my father reading them to me, and then me slowly taking over and reading ahead. I’ve always loved Baum. Not many people know that he wrote a whole series of fourteen Oz books, as did several other authorsRead More →

Three more treasures I found in my office: This is a butterfly that the kid made in 2001 (age 10) at an art camp. I’m not sure what the medium is, but it is very textured. This is the cover of a Tank Girl comic book I found and scanned. I don’t usually do comic books, but I do love Tank Girl. This is the cover of some Zine that I had. I used it as the cover to the readings for my Feminism in America class at USF. Those were the days.Read More →