The re-branding

I noted in my last post that I will start a new, full-time job in January.  As things turned out, I started yesterday on a part-time basis.  I’m working as the Communications Coordinator for the Houston chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)-Texas.  On Monday morning I had orientation and yesterday morning spent three hours on my very first full-time job working in an office with real people since 2003.  I realized yesterday that this is also the first job I’ve ever had whose basis was not supporting someone else (clerically or administratively), but working on a team in support of an organizational vision. My first “real” job (as an adult, not enrolled in school) was as a secretary.  For 20 years I worked at different levels of that class of work.  I was a secretary, an administrative assistant, and ultimately an executive assistant (although never given that exact title).  I finally completed my bachelors degree in 2002, at the age of 41, and that year I was promoted to the position of associate director of one of the four inpatient facilities run by the healthcare organization I worked for.  It was “associate director” because I would be reporting to the organization director, but I would be the administrative head of that facility.  It was the place I belonged after a couple decades of supporting other people. Literally days before I was to start in that position, my supervisor […]

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The re-imagining

There are changes coming up in my life in the next two months.  In January I will be starting a real, truly live, full-time day job working in communications but not journalism.  More details as the time gets closer.  I am taking a leave for the spring semester, catching up on my thesis in order to have 150 coherent pages going into my fourth and last semester this fall.  It took me until this semester before I figured out exactly what I want to write about and how I want to write it. As I said, more details to come, but over the next few weeks I will be changing my focus, here and on social media and other places where my name is mentioned.  Stay tuned…

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Pearl Jam says it all

Fifteen-ish years ago I was walking home on my birthday – it must have been somewhere around my 35th – and passed a guy sitting on a bench playing guitar.  I said, “Play something for my birthday!”  He thought for a minute and started playing this, which I share also because the date of my last blog entry might make you think I’m not in fact alive:

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Irony

Just for fun I checked the stats on the blog I wrote when the bookstore I ran was open and found that it’s still getting hits on a daily basis – more, in fact, than this blog gets.  I wonder what people think when they go to that blog!  Maybe I should post a re-direct.  Yeah, I think I will.

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Encouragement for this old broad

I was delighted to read this post from the “Write With Warnimont” blog.  In the post he addresses the question of whether artists – let’s call them creative people – are born or made.  I visit this question often, both in the context of general worrying over whether I can succeed on a creative or commercial level, and in the […]

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Okay

Had my first non-blog pitch accepted by the Chronicle today.  When I first moved here in 2004 they were advertising to hire feature writers and turned me down when I applied.  Now their religion section is completely freelanced.  Okay. The story will be from the same reporting that I’m using for my first Goucher piece.  This is going to be a little tricky, and unless I continue to double up on reporting I may have to start turning down professional assignments.  Okay.

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