Where ragged people go

Mid transition photo midtransition.jpgThis was written and first published in 2008. I've spiffed it up just a little. It pairs well with the piece I shall post tomorrow, Seeking love and finding only beads. I suppose I could have combined them into one chapter, but in my mind that wouldn't have been the right thing to do.

The photo is from an interview I did with a reporter from the school newspaper at UCA sometime in the early 90s, when I was still transitioning.

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Character Development

with Alicyn, 1993 photo wAlicyn.jpgAutobiography should not be only about the things to happened to me. If that was all it was, I would appear to be devoid of agency. It's also not only about the places I've been and events I have witnessed. That might rather be a travelogue. I believe my autobiography should reveal who I am...or have been...maybe even who I will be or might have been.

So I was looking for some essays I will be sharing in the next few days concerning Crises 1 and 2, when I stumbled upon something I wrote in April of 2006 and published to the 21st issue of Teacher's Lounge, which some may recall that I created and operated in the way back. It was a bit of a rant...and a bit of me.

An educated mind is an opened mind. An opened mind is a liberal mind. Teachers don't have to intend to create liberals, it happens naturally.

I am totally aware that the subject matter may chase away some of my readers. But any subject matter contains the seeds of that possibility.

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The Breakfast Club (Darts)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late, it's PhilJD's fault.

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Comings Out (Adding Context)

Early 1993 by Jade photo robyn2.jpgThe piece Chapter which was posted last night is an important part of my story, but needs some context. It is, after all, however, vital, just a small thread in a much larger tapestry.

This chapter is an attempt at adding some of that missing context. Written in 1994, it was laid down at a time when I still had some fear of losing my employment, so was trying to document everything in case it might be needed legally. I've tried to remain faithful to its substance, but did edit it this morning.

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Chapter

At my Office, 1996 photo Office96.jpgIt was late Spring of 1992 when I first recollect being the me who I am now. It came as a result of my fifth life crisis. I was alone in our house, precisely halfway between Central Baptist College and the First Baptist Church in Conway, AR.

At the time there was the previous me, trying to make a go of life and an unformed thought of the me of now, both inhabiting the same biological structure.

Previous Me was undergoing his fifth nearly terminal event. He wasn't prepared. He'd thought that since it had been 17 years since the last event, he was safe. Maybe he would have been, but stuff happens.

As in Crisis 4, the "stuff" concerned the woman who had rescued him from Crisis 3, The Woman whom he had married and who had conceived his daughter. Bu she was trouble, that one. This time she had been arrested for embezzling from the university which employed them both. As had been the case much too often in his life, he had felt obligated to pay for her transgression. And she had repaid him by obtaining a boyfriend.

So he was feeling cold and lonely in their house and it felt like the walls were closing in. Too much damn pressure. He'd tried to release at least some of it by Dancing to the Oldies with Richard Simmons, and had seen his weight retreat to its 1976 level of 155 on his 6'3" frame, what he had weighed when he was rowing lightweight crew at Penn. But it wasn't really working anymore. The walls still seemed to want to crush him. He felt as if he could stand in the center of the living room and spread his arms to touch both of he walls.

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The Breakfast Club (Nous Sommes Charlie)

Welcome to The Breakfast Club! We're a disorganized group of rebel lefties who hang out and chat if and when we're not too hungover  we've been bailed out we're not too exhausted from last night's (CENSORED) the caffeine kicks in. Join us every weekday morning at 9am (ET) and
weekend morning at 10:30am (ET) to talk about current news and our
boring lives and to make fun of LaEscapee! If we are ever running late,
it's PhilJD's fault.
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This Day in History

 

 

 

 

Today in History January 9th

   

 

 

 

    

Former U.S. President Richard Nixon is born, Howard
Hughes identifies fake biography, Unmanned probe lands on moon, the
Phantom of the Opera becomes the longest running Broadway show.

Breakfast Tunes

 

 

 

 

Sarah Brightman & Antonio Banderas - The Phantom Of The Oper

   

 

 

 

    

Something to Think about over Coffee Prozac

 

"I'd rather die on my feet than live on my knees"

Emiliano Zapata

 

 

 

 

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#JeSuisCharlie

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