I realize that I am responsible for this, but I missed celebrating October 19, my blogiversary, because I have been running around so much this month I have had virtually no time to wash my clothes, much less celebrate a year in the blogosphere. Anyway, I'm not much for commemoration days: I can barely remember my own birthday, and I have to copy the birthdays of others from calendar to calendar every January 1 to avoid being exposed for the narcissist I am and the one I hope to become. My sister remembers things like the day our father died, which is either July 17 or July 19, but I can't tell you (or her) which so I try to go on vacation somewhere like Block Island or Costa Rica (where I can claim the cell signal does not reach me) for the days in question, plus a few days on each side.
My father would understand. He never remembered these things either, without my mother reminding him.
Anyway, to celebrate my blogiversary, I am adding links. To wit:
Mixed Race America, aka Jennifer, who I met (in a virtual sense) because she too was mugged by the People With Balls and Sticks, and I loaned her my virtual attorney for a day to help her wash those men right out of her hair. This is the kind of writing that we should all be doing about race, but she really does it. Jennifer is "A 30-something professor of contemporary American literature and Asian American literature interested in issues of social justice and specifically how to create spaces to talk comfortably about race."
Chapati Mystery. This is a group blog, with a main cast of three scholars of South Asian descent, and a shifting crowd of guest bloggers. As they describe the blog: "The topics could be: specific happenings in the indian and pakistani cosmologies, american foreign and domestic policies, cricket, techno-geek instruments, islam, middle east, the academic world, history, anthropology, the fine art of reading NYT book reviews so you don’t have to read the actual books, the quest for the perfect Apple G5 laptop, grinding out a dissertation, buying a house, looking for a job, urdu literature." What's not to like, I ask you?
Sex Ed in Higher Ed. This blogger refers to herself as Teacher Lady, and introduces herself in the following way: "I saved a dog and lost my mind. I quit my job to make the world a better place and am quite certain I'm failing miserably. I got married, didn't take my husband's last name, am joyfully child-free and people seem to think this gives them license to ask me personal questions like, 'Do you hate Jesus? Is that why you don't have children?' I'm quite certain it's only a matter of time before I'm accused of witchcraft and cannibalism." Does she know how queer she is? My guess is yes. No one this funny could not know she is queer.
So a belated happy blogiversary to me, and thanks to all of you for all the fun. I can hardly believe it is year two.
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