“If you want a government that’s gonna intrude on your life, enforce their personal views on you, then I guess Jeb Bush is your man,” Schiavo explained, adding, “We really don’t need another Bush in office.”
This week is Finals Week. Just now I completed three final exams. I have one paper to do for my master class in Spanish Literature.
And then I am done.
Five years ago, I got a letter from President Obama, sent via the New York Unemployment Insurance Department. The letter suggested that I could go to college. Since I had exactly zero chance of getting a job, and my UI was set to run out, leaving me with the option of living in a homeless shelter, I decided to try enrolling in the local community college.
The only degrees offered that interested me were in Spanish and in Music. I decided that I didn’t want to get caught up in formal music training (I feel the same about formal creative writing) and opted for a Spanish major.
I had no way of knowing how positive this little step, made solely from desperation my back to the wall, would turn out to be.
Now, five years and one month later, I have won four scholarships, Dean’s honor roll 3 times, President’s honor roll twice, two degrees, Dean of Humanities Medallion, Lead journalist on the University paper with 45 front page articles, which led to Thomson Reuters journalist (4 international bylines), 1st prize in literary analysis and the broadest education I could manage, from Gerontology to Linguistics, from Drama to Journalism. From Spanish to Spanish Literature.
They say that getting a college degree mainly shows that you know how to follow instructions and make it through the ins and outs of your major. If you can do that, so the reasoning goes, then you are hireable. As a server at McDonald’s, from the looks of the job market.
I think that’s true.
Because I found college to be a system of steps that one mostly had to follow and if one followed them, on time, one not only learned much of the teachings of the course but also how to follow instructions and do things completely to completion.
There were other, more specific tasks that were taught me.
So now, it’s done or about to be. So. What’s next? If given a chance, I shall now find a way to employ these learned skills and experience, to create something new and positive.
This is just one in a series of monologues this guy does on various tropes put forth by neofeminists, proving them all either completely wrong or so shallow as to be completely wrong-headed. This one especially struck me as relevant.
Most intelligent dialog of the year. Worth a 2nd look.
Had the pleasure of seeing Robert Earl Keen, Jr. at The Fillmore at the end of the 90s. Merry Xmas all.
A short that utterly destroys the myth of pay disparity and has room for a few other myths
This page features a series of short videos on the coming decentralization of humankind. We can only hope & pray and chant that this comes to be.