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November 17th, 2006 at 03:56 am

I guess I will join the fun with my own list. I am not sure there is anything interesting about me. I am a pretty boring person. Also it is entirely possible that if someone reads this who knows me they wil recognize me However, that doesn't bother me.


1. I am a Mohawk, member of the bear clan.

2. I am a widow having been married for 9 years until I woke up one morning and found my partner dead of a heart attack at 48. No history of heart disease.

3. I teach at s small midwestern university

4. Even though I am have an Ivy League Ph.D. I prefer teaching to research. Something that occasionally get me into at work,

5. I tend to be a loner and am sometimes very lonely. I do not make friends easily.

6. I am very interested in Social Justice and especially financial social justice. However, I also can't seem to find an outlet for this interest.

7 I live in a small midwestern town which is very uncongenial. I have considered moving, however, I am tenured and you don't walk away form a tenured position.

8. I like computers but have very little formal training in them. I would consider myself semi-computer literate. I use the net and PowerPoint almost everyday.

9. I am extremely stubborn. This has its good and bad points.

10. If there is something I truly dislike about myself. It is that I am a couch potato. However, I do not seem to do anything about it.

11. Financially I earn an income slightly above the median for my state and the nation. However, I ended up extremely in debt for my education.

12. My mother could not read or write.

PSThought of some more things to add

13. I absolutely adore cats. I have two.

14. I hate absolutely categorically hate doing laundry but I do love wearing clothes.

11 Responses to “My List”

  1. pjmama Says:

    I'm pretty stubborn too. So is my mom... you can imagine how that pans out! Smile

  2. tinapbeana Says:

    very interesting list, sarah!

    one would think there'd be classes where you could volunteer your time and expertise when it comes to financial social justice. i know monkeymama is trying to volunteer to teach a class on things like budgeting and the like. my mom is considering volunteering for a local shelter to teach people how to cook and eat healthy on a budget.

  3. PRICEPLUS Says:

    I am very stubborn. Working for social justice is very impprtant. You do what you can do. for as many as you can, for as long as you can, when you can! I think tina makes some interesting suggestions.Smile

  4. boomeyers Says:

    My husband had a heart attack at 37. I was persistant to get him to the hospital. A six way bypass saved his life. We were very fortunate and I am sorry for your loss!

  5. janH Says:

    I think stubborn is my middle name....or maybe it was hard-headed....or maybe it was both....

  6. monkeymama Says:

    #2 - that is SO sad. So sorry for your loss.

    Thanks for sharing.

  7. paigu Says:

    Thank you for sharing. Like #2, a close friend's uncle also died suddenly and unexpectedly of a heart attack. He was a runner, in his 30's, outwardly healthy.
    I respect the fact you prefer teaching to research. So many academics become focused on the grant writing and prestige with having huge labs and multiple RO1 grants, they forget about the joys of teaching and inspiring students to succeed. I encourage you to join a mentoring program (if you haven't already!); I do and it is so much fun telling high school kids that there are other non-lab careers out there for science majors!

  8. fern Says:

    I'm not sure what financial social justice is.

  9. Broken Arrow Says:

    #1 is very interesting!

    I can fully relate to #5 though. I'm the same way there.

    As for #6... you could do my taxes? Just trying to help. Big Grin

    I agree about tenure. I wouldn't walk away from something like that either.

    I find #10 to be ironically hilarious. Big Grin

  10. fairy74 Says:

    #6 Me too, it is hard to find an outlet for this,

    You sound very intresting not boring at all

  11. Dido Says:

    I'm an academic too, so I can relate to a lot of this (although I'm untenured--the thing in my life that has caused me the most pain but which after many years I've learned to regard as a blessing....or so I keep reminding myself).

    Are there any organizations in your state that you could join? I once lived in a teeny-tiny town in Vermont but making periodic trips up to Burlington where there was the Social Justice center and (at that time) the Center for a New American Dream provided some outlet and connections.

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