Aquí y allá

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…on the sparrow

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Jobmat

I am reorganizing my files. In my first computer I had a folder called jobmat, i.e. Job Materials, because I was a dissertator on the job market. It was for my vita and all materials for job applications. I had this folder for a long time, but it later morphed into two: one for annual reports, and one for vita versions. Now, however, I have recreated jobmat and it is like recovering a piece of myself.

There is so much synchronicity these past months.

#OccupyHE

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Et encore encore encore encore

I am again mortally offended, and it comes from another quarter. One cannot and should not defend against unfounded accusations, is what I have decided. And the university is falling apart, I am told.

In the meantime and on another topic: take care of yourself, do not worry about work, is another one of those advice truisms I am against. What if work is one of the ways in which you DO take care of yourself? What if it is NOT something you alienate yourself in or hide in, but something in which you build and strengthen yourself?

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Review

In Reeducation it was not right to remain rational or to be peaceful, or to put things in perspective, as this was considered evidence of a “lack of feeling.”

At the same time it was not right to ever be stunned or caught off guard.

The opposite is true, of course, and I am still just beginning to see how bad Reeducation was.

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Formula and plan

Service: no nonsense.

Teaching: low expectations.

Research situation: vigilance.

Recreation and general self-care: a lot.

In Reeducation, as we know, I learned that I should not be the center of my own life or take authority in it. I learned to be apologetic about and ashamed of my various achievements and intellectual orientation. I learned I was not a person worth caring for. I am still trying to unlearn these things.

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La notte

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