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This is a time in life when many of my women friends are considering what we want to do “next.” Some of us are single. Some of us have means; some not so much. Most of us who are single … Continue reading

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Working , yes…

I’ve been seeing more and more reports in which the academic elite in-group (tenured) advise those in the out-group (adjuncts) to stay out there and thrive. They want us to remain adjuncts. Really? At my college alone, if I were … Continue reading

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Buddhism and Adversity

As a student of Buddhism, I’m learning and practicing. As for being a Buddhist, I’m a pretty bad Buddhist. I don’t have a sangha. I don’t go on retreats. I don’t even have the money to go on retreats. If … Continue reading

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Margaret Mary Vojtko and me

Recently, a longtime adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University died after suffering a heart attack. Although she had taught at Duquesne for 25 years, Margaret Mary Vojtko died nearly penniless and without health benefits. She was not even earning $25,000 … Continue reading

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Sh*t Sandwich

A few of us were discussing pity parties and being presented with a shit sandwich. Or maybe this usually occurs in the reverse order. The sandwich appears and the party begins. It’s easy enough for me when I’m in the … Continue reading

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