Ketchup Soup

I used to refer to my Friday evening series of posts/columns at Docudharma as Friday Philosophy. I still post there on Friday nights, but usually write about world events than philosophical concerns.

The following piece was first published there September 26, 2008. It was sparked by a comment I made at Cheers and Jeers on Sep 25.

Since it is also somewhat autobiographical in nature, I am including it here.

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Layers of Why (time for some theory)

Originally published, in part, approximately 2007:

1998 by  Andrea Cuchetto for Who Do You Think We Are? photo robyn.jpgWhen I moved to New Jersey from Arkansas, I had to pay a price. That price was silence, since I needed to commit to learning a new discipline and gaining something approaching stable employment. I now teach computer programming rather than mathematics and I've gained tenure...but it cost me 5 years of activism.

Below the fold is a combination of the last two meatspace presentations I did before moving (I hope to integrate them gracefully). They were presented to social work professionals in Little Rock and mental health professionals in Fayetteville around 1999.

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Gender Prison: Seeking love, finding only beads

UCA office photo uca-office.jpg

The picture is me in my office during transition, apparently working on my email. It appears to have been my 46th birthday. The photo is remarkable in that it shows me having a clean, organized desk. Almost never happens.

When logic and proportion
Have fallen slowly dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen's off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said

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The Breakfast Club (We Will Not Walk In Fear)

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

 

Edith Piaf - Non, Je ne regrette rien


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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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