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Humor

It’s Time for a Vacation

When is the next holiday break?

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is In Denial

Y’all. I have SO MUCH work left to do.

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You Complete Me Internet

A Gif-Based Story of Avoiding Responsibility

I could do my work. Or I could find a bunch of gifs that show you how I’m not doing my work.

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is Sick of Snow Days

God, high school me cannot believe I just said that.

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Humor

10-Second Anecdotes That Reveal Too Much About Me: Karo

One of the side effects of having a regular column is revealing things about yourself little by little, until you stop noticing how much personal stuff you’re actually telling perfect strangers. To pre-empt a slow and boring process, let me just tell you everything there is to know right now, and be done with it.

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is Getting a Jump On Things

Wow, winter break went by fast.

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Back-to-School Preparations

For some of us that are still in school, today might be the first day of winter quarter or spring semester classes. Every term I go through the same ritual in preparation for the start of a new school term.

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Women In Academia

Dispatches from Adjunct Land: Starting a New Class

As a child, I hated beginnings. So much was unknown: What would the teacher be like, the other students? What would we learn? I always longed for October, when routines had firmly taken hold. But now I prefer those beginnings because they are so full of hope.

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Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: Bizarre School Stories?

IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! Parents are gleefully sending their children back to school and the New York City subways are crowded with school children with their giant backpacks of death and stomach-crushing.

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is Packing, Writing, and Crying

There’s not room for relaxation, Persephoneers.

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Open Thread

This Weekend Open Thread is Buckling Down

April really came out of nowhere.

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Parenting

Parenting with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: An Update

In my previous post about parenting two children while having chronic fatigue syndrome, my daughter was in school and I felt much worse at the time. I’m pleased to say I’ve made some progress.

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Perspectives

Growing Up With a Weird Brain

I have trouble remaining aware of my surroundings, and as a kid it was worse. When teachers called on me in class, I rarely heard them. Even waving a hand in front of my face and saying, “Earth to Bryn!” wouldn’t always snap me out of a trance. Trigger warning for talk of suicide.

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Life

That Guy (or Girl!) in Your Class

You know how it goes: you’re sitting in class, tapping your pen, and half listening to your professor lecture about your assigned reading, half worrying about whether you’re going to get a parking ticket for the parking pass you may or may not have remembered to hang up. And then all of a sudden, your […]

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Perspectives

The People Who Push You

Er, I should clarify that I mean push in a good way; kind of like Tina Fey’s Ms. Norbury in Mean Girls. I think we all have people in our lives who push us toward being our best. I think sometimes it’s important to recognize who those people are, and to appreciate the impact they’ve […]