Words of Wisdom

Published at Huffington Post on April 28, 2015. Sweethearts, there are days in which you’ll feel like a failure too. You aren’t. Your kids will be lucky to have you for your strengths as well as your flaws. Parents are our first cautionary tales. It can’t be helped. “Don’t be me,” was my fervent prayer in …

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Look For The Signs

Published at Killing the Buddha on May 1, 2015. I watched a show about a shallow rendering of the end of the world while yet another black man died at the hands of the police. Gray’s spine was severed, and white people want to talk of looting and violence against the police. A human being lost his …

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The Altar of Taylor Swift

Published at Sacred Matters on March 9, 2015. I worship at the altar of this songstress born in 1989. I have for, at least, seven years. Her songs punctuate my day, dividing my time between silence, song, and the noise of small children. I listen as I write, as I walk, as I cook, and as …

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It’s gonna be forever or it’s gonna go down in flames: Tenure and (In)Justice

Published at Marginalia Review of Books on June 8, 2015. Some might want to stop me right here to explain that academia is a meritocracy, in which hard work, quality scholarship, and intellect are rewarded with stable employment. Academia, you assure me, is built on merit. The deserving get tenure and all the security it …

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