Hi all! In the past three days, I have written several brilliant, amusing little tales in my head. You were laughing your head off. Floored by my brilliance. Did any of these imaginary blog posts actually make it to the screen with the resultant hilarity? Well, no. But I was killing it, believe me.
I am completely swamped with on-going disability paperwork, managing the status quo, and looking for something better for Ian. I’ll be writing for professional sites again in the new year, so I need to close up some loose ends around here. I’m overextended in terms of community volunteer and political work. I have to manage holiday shopping and events. I’m so stressed out that I feel like there’s a knot in my diaphragm.
Here are some items that caught my eye in the past couple of days:
I subscribe to a couple book agents’ newsletters. Earlier this year, one wrote that the only component of a book proposal that she cares about is “the author bio.” She said she zeroes in on that section and skims to see how many followers they have on social media. So, unless you have a million followers on Twitter, good luck ever finding a book agent. Well, it seems that relying on that metric for finding the next best selling author isn’t fool-proof. hahahahaha
Mark my word. There will be no good educational news for a very long time. Expect to hear one horror story after another. It does make me very sad that few people cared last year or even seems particularly upset now.
I’m not poor. I haven’t had to apply for government subsidies for 20 years. But as a parent filling out the massive government paperwork to get Ian in the system, I get it. As someone on the margins of society, I get it. That’s why I’m a huge fan of Stephanie Land. How can we get bipartisan agreement again to improve the system for disabled folks?
Crime in New York City is a growing problem.
I love Gurdeep Pandher of the Yukon.
“The last thing American children need is more time on Zoom,” said Helaine Olen in The Washington Post. Remote education didn’t work, but some school districts have returned to it, explains Olen. (And thanks for the shout out, Helaine!)
Because Ian loves classical music, we took him to a local piano concert where they performed a Nutcracker duet. (Short video clips at that Instagram link.) We had such a good time that we bought tickets for the full ballet in Lincoln Center for next week.