In reality

A friend I made about a year ago, but that is from San Francisco so we relate and seem like older friends, said: “You are so wholesome. Walking with you, talking with you, I feel as though I were participating in a scene from Hallmark.”

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Getting rid of grades

This is an important article.

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Encore une fois, what I learned in psychotherapy

That I was not just a person with a question, but an unredeemably flawed person due to the sins of my ancestors. The worst of it, and the proof of it, was that I could not see my own inferiority. The only cure was to self-flagellate in some manner, and I certainly did not deserve any kind of consideration or help; I could not hope anyone would ever talk to me.

I had learned these things as a child, of course, but as I grew I stopped hearing them and I had not expected to have to hear them again. But then I heard them, and I hear them waking up most mornings still. (And I should not have the intellectual inclination, because it hurts people.)

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On abusers and enablers in academic culbure

This is an important article and should be read. “You would be hard-pressed to find a mental-health professional, a productivity expert, or a writing coach who would suggest that — rather than recognizing people’s talent and rewarding their hard work — the way to get good results out of people is by making them feel inadequate or confused,” is one of its key sentences.

My current weapon against anxiety is to give myself time, not try to rush. I am amazed how easy it is to start work when I know that starting does not have to mean rushing. This, for me, is the true procrastination-buster.

The other general weapon is to keep saying my work is good enough and that I am not crazy. The linked article talks about the impact of gas-lighting, and the importance of not deciding, in that situation, that the problem actually is you.

Holding onto these weapons, keeping them at hand and within view, is a constant struggle.

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Allons chanter

We have not sung in a long time, so let us sing. This is Clifton with the only really good rendition of Jolie Blonde I have ever seen.

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The week’s writing report

I decided that perhaps PMLA or Profession, and not a radical education journal, are the place for that article.

I realized my book title might only cover the Caribbean case. And a question I got: does my contention that race and state are a really different focus from mestizaje and nation hold together?

For that other article, where are my opening ideas? Let me see: while racial meaning is local, white supremacy is global. Keeping this in mind helps us avoid exceptionalist stances, and also helps protect against the shading of race into culture (I think). (I will continue.)

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Mavis Staples

Amazing corruption and duplicity, and nobody is willing to fight. I am going in alone, and I shall not be moved. Listen to the amazing voice of Mavis Staples, as she was and will be.

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