Pop Culture Across the Generational Divide

In a mandatory certification class, I was assigned to explore one of the generations other than my own, and then discuss how what I learned will impact my teaching. The assignment is well designed and I intend to steal it, but given my¬† immersion in pop culture studies and interest in the … Continue reading

Big boobs, big bras, and the big C

Breast cancer runs in my family, discussed by us for many years only in Southern whispers and associated with deep remorse. It also runs among close friends, whose families are less reserved, but who struggle with deep grief. My family whispers about breast cancer are oxymoronic given the … Continue reading

Menopausal Chick Peas

Today I had a hot flash in my office, which is a feat since my office is ice-box cold. My cheeks got red, my hair clung to my neck, and I got prickly both emotionally and physically. It was a full-fledged where's-my-chainsaw inferno. To celebrate the hotflash in this blog entry, I searched for an … Continue reading

Aging without Compromise

Whoopi Goldberg said a few years ago, "I'm too old to compromise." She meant compromise on her principles, not on other things. At my age, I understand what she means. In the past year I turned a corner where I came to say "Fuck It" to just about everything. I'm too old to nickel and dime myself … Continue reading