Hey, y'all! Well, here we are again. I mused in my last newsletter about how time slips away—increasingly so during the pandemic—and that I was working to find a workable schedule in the ongoing chaos.
I’m happy to report that I did not succeed.
This newsletter, ultimately, was meant to come out monthly but here we are approximately 5 months since the last one…so maybe I should aim for a quarterly newsletter instead.
As many of you may have experienced, the daily navigation of our new reality in the midst of COVID has continued to be difficult. Personally, I’ve found myself uncomfortable reengaging—despite being fully vaccinated—with many activities that used to be so natural. As the summer winds down, I am becoming increasingly uneasy about what the fall semester will bring as I’ll be teaching in person for the first time in over 18 months, and report
of the continued spread of the delta variant only increased that anxiety.
Instead of focusing on that though, I’d like to highlight some of the things that I was actually able to accomplish over the past several months. Firstly, I want to take a moment to acknowledge something that might not be evident, and that is this newsletter. You may have noticed immediately that this email looks different than my first, and that’s because it is! My first newsletter was sent using Substack; though shortly after, I learned of the really crappy things Substack was doing, particularly around supporting trans writers and providing a platform for those spreading hate. Here’s just a snippit, if you want to delve down a very dark rabbit hole: