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What I wore to work on 11.09.09

This day just had to be documented as the day I wore pants to work. Never have I done this in my five years of teaching as “Dr. Chu”. Only three months ago did I wear my first non-high-heeled pair of shoes to work. But today I was loving this outfit, especially the belt and my bracelet worn outside my sleeve, and I didn’t want to put on my “corporate costume” just to teach two students before going to CIIS. I was a little giddy with expectation and even had responses prepared in my head for when people would comment. But no one mentioned anything. My first student didn’t even look at me strangely. No one gave me the “once over” with their eyes scanning me up and down. I was shocked but also used David Darling’s first mantra, which is to greet EVERYTHING with a child-like smile and a little chuckle. Like, haha, isn’t that funny, life?

One more shovel-ful of dung slung over my shoulder. Ah, sweet liberation! Read the rest of this entry »


Those who will not slip beneath

the still surface on the well of grief

turning downward through its black water

to the place we cannot breathe

will never know the source from which we drink,

the secret water, cold and clear,

nor find in the darkness glimmering

the small round coins

thrown by those who wished for something else.

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