Category Archives: Rants & Raves

Birthdays Are Hard #WonderTwin36th

Today I turned 36. At 9:51am Eastern, to be exact. I couldn’t wind down last night so I was up until 5:30am. I awoke around 9am to watch a webinar, then went back to sleep until Dilla woke me up around 2pm. I remembered I needed to get to the post office, so I brushed…

Crafting a Way Forward, Part 2: Help Get #AMJtoLA

Table of Professional Skills

So this is actually post 3 in an unintentional series of posts about my next life transition. It seems we have entered a season of expression for AMJ (hush up all the Gemini slander… but it IS our time right now, so…) Tl;dr – it’s time for me to leave Chicago. I need help finding…

Something, Something, Fear… Blah, Blah, Prince…

NOTE: This post has been sitting in my drafts, unfinished since I started it on April 27th. Yay, fear! Tuesday night/Wednesday morning, when I should have been reading a book for a discussion I’m co-facilitating this Thursday or at least readying myself for bed, I saw Darren Rowse had tweeted a blog post on dealing with…

Crafting a Way Forward: When Career Planning Meets… Everything Else in Life

Perhaps you already know, but in case you don’t: I dabble in astrology. In fact, at one point, I wanted to have an astrology career as a side hustle. (Confession: I still consider it.) I certainly have (woefully underutilized) clairvoyant tendencies and I am also rather committed to identifying and understanding patterns in the world….

When Poverty & Disability Meet Opportunity: A Crowdfund Feasibility Study (Of Sorts)

Tl;dr I’m debating whether to start a crowdfund and I want to get a feel for responses. I’ve been through one before and had an incredibly stressful experience. (Apparently asking for help with paying for healthcare really pisses people off.) Now, I’m facing $8,000 in expenses for both a non-covered healthcare need and a professional…

Mourning Dr. Maya Angelou…

Confession: This post is going to be pretty much about me & my process. It is not eloquent. I’m supposed to be either sleeping or doing homework right now. But one of my heroes passed away and Universe has decided I needed to write about it. And I recognize that Auntie Maya would not be…

EOY RECAP!

So I know I didn’t post much this year (as my annual report will tell you) but it’s been one hell of a year! I’m gonna try to keep this recap to 12 (main) bullet points, though… January brought my first official conference as a PhD student. I was only able to go because I…

Starting Over #phdchat #phdforum #bphd

I don’t have time to say much in this post, except to: Acknowledge that I still have not finished my post-surgery update. The storify I did has gotten incredibly jumbled and I really just don’t have time. But I like to cling to random things, so it sits, gathering e-dust. Give a heads up that…

Can I Come Up for Air?

I have two draft posts hanging out in my WP dashboard. I started them ages ago. But school happened. And then surgery happened, followed by recovery. And then moving happened, which included all manners of FAIL: lackluster coordination, major appliances, and dangerous flooring. But I had to start my field placement and my research job….

My Academic Coming Out #phdchat #bphd #blackedu #hiphoped

I’ve been in hiding for a long time. I broke up with my abusive boyfriend 4.5 years ago & it has been almost 3 years since I last heard from him. The past 5 years have been spent in constant fear that he would find me and hurt me or begin tearing my life apart….

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