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Fiction Friday: Chapter 13

Read previous chapters here. Chapter 13 As Leda balances the checkbook, she finds many debits after the holiday season and monthly medical expenses. She knows the holiday expenses are past, but expects to… Continue reading

Learning the Secret History of Wonder Woman

I recently visited my new university, which will begin employing me soon, for some preparatory meetings. As I waited for one meeting to start, I struck up a conversation with a student who… Continue reading

Fiction Friday: Chapter 12

Read previous chapters here. Chapter 12 It has been five months since Walt’s stroke. Christmas time is already approaching. Leda does not know if she should put up their tree, a plastic, pre-lit… Continue reading

Bumpersticker

I saw this in Salt Lake City last week. It is my new favorite bumpersticker. And I have a feeling that the driver and I would be great friends. If you haven’t read… Continue reading

Quiet for Kids

Several years ago, I posted about Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a Word that Can’t Stop Talking. I loved the book. I loved its message. Today I’m posting about… Continue reading

Literary Wives: The Disobedient Wife

A disobedient wife, in the context of contemporary Tajikistan, is a wife who wants autonomy and acts on it. The Disobedient Wife (2015), beautifully written if somewhat disjointed in the transitions through time,… Continue reading

Fiction Friday: Chapter 11

Read previous chapters here.   Chapter 11 Leda is cooking now. She knows Walt cannot eat solid food yet, but she feels better just using her hands to create something instead of watch… Continue reading

Loving the Books of Rita Williams-Garcia

My kids and I are ready for summer. Perhaps even a “crazy summer.” But I suspect that any summer plans we make or carry out will not be as crazy as the summer… Continue reading

Fiction Friday: Chapter 10

Read previous chapters here. Chapter 10 Soledad had been taught to pray. Pilar attended Mass each week and made sure all of her children received their first communions in a special way. In… Continue reading

Surprising Words and Phrases That Made It Into My Dissertation

I wrote my dissertation about women’s experiences as practitioners of technical and professional writing in the workplace. I graduated earlier this month, but I’m still working on getting the formatting of the final… Continue reading