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I wish the second-wave feminist gender-neutral tey/tem/ter had caught on in the 1970s. Gender identity and expression wouldn’t have to be communicated in pronouns. My signature wouldn’t need to be Marie Jones (she/her/hers) because tey/tem/ter would be the norm for everyone. And the words would be firmly entrenched by now, accepted and habitual.
It would certainly be simpler for old dogs like me. My intellect and my heart want to always support my non-binary, agender, and trans friends. My mouth and grammatical habits have a harder time.
Fun fact: When your local TV meteorologist tells you that today’s temperature is “above normal” that’s not just an average temperature for the last forever-number of years. It’s actually based on a thirty-year average from…
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If you aren’t surprised by that, you are a bigger weather geek than my spouse. And he watches TV weather and checks the forecast on his phone more often than a nervous parent checks a newborn. We’re talking geeek.
But I digress.
Since librarians are all about credible sources of information (and seriously cool boots), I have scoured the interwebs to get the real scoop on COVID vaccines for all of you. Here are FAQs and links to deeper answers and source materials. They may help you talk with anti-vaxxers or inform yourself if you have questions.
Yes, research indicates that they are safe and effective. The vaccines were tested in large clinical trials that included people with various medical conditions, and different ages, races, and ethnicities.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed all of the data gathered in these…
I have been late for meetings more often since the pandemic began than I ever have in my life. I hate feeling that I’ve wasted other people’s time or hurt my reputation when people have to wait for me.
How is it possible that I am later for Zoom meetings than I am for in-person meetings? Thinking through the process of how I usually get places on time helped me diagnose the cause of my tardiness and fix it.
If you are perpetually late or just having an issue with some part of your life right now, you can apply…
It’s mid-semester. We’re tired. We’re all so tired. In many colleges and universities, there is no spring break as we power straight through to graduation.
As moods dip, how many of us suspect the worst of every student? Do you open a class session on Zoom and imagine that every student with their camera off and mike muted is actually at the beach, throwing back a cold one, with hundreds of other Spring Breakers?
If you suspect that every student is trying to get away with doing as little work as possible, how does that suspicion color your interactions?
You know that feeling when you start noticing a thing and then it’s EVERYWHERE? That’s called the frequency illusion.
This week it’s cleft chins. Every movie we watch lately seems to have an actor with a darling dimple.
Yeah, we watch a lot of old movies. I tell myself that facial features go in and out of style in film, just like body types, and cleft chins are an old movie star thing. Then I see a picture of Jeff Bezos. And another of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. …
I just returned from my annual “well woman” (those stirrups aren’t for riding) exam. As the gynecologist's nurse took my history, I jubilantly informed her that I received the J&J vaccine this morning.
In response, she suggested I delay my routine mammogram. The Society of Breast Imaging (SBI) recommends “scheduling screening exams prior to the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccination or 4–6 weeks following the second dose of a COVID-19 vaccination” because a normal immune response can cause lymph node swelling on the side of your vaccine.
Be warned that anyone might feel lumps in their armpit or breast…