If you’ve been following Grab the Lapels for a while, you may have noticed that I was a bit uneven! Not reading any of your posts for about a week and then suddenly replying to everything, bam, bam bam. What was the snag? I’m doing something new: I’m going back to school. Okay, if you’ve been following GTL for a few years, you may be thinking, “She does something new a lot! Wasn’t she a professor? Didn’t she just work at a community theater? Didn’t she tell us she was doing continuing education classes for her library gig?” Okay, you got me. Yes to all of that. But think of it from my perspective: I was steeped in academia from Kindergarten to my 11th year as a professor without stopping. When I finally felt brave enough to quit teaching, the community theater caught me in their arms and convinced me I could be stage manager for Top Dog, Underdog. Confidence boosted a bit, I started looking for jobs and was hired by that very theater as production manager (i.e. managing every show). Turns out, that wasn’t quite my jam, so I went to the library to work in reference and earned a sizeable raise for taking three continuing education classes, all online. Baby steps, all of them something I sort of fell into.
But now I have a plan. I’m planning . . . ahead. I applied to a program at Goshen College that will allow me to take 4-5 semesters of American Sign Language (ASL) and then transfer into a certificate program that will educate me on being an ASL interpreter in places like courtrooms, hospitals, and schools. There is high demand for interpreters (Laila, I saw they need someone who speaks Farsi in Indianapolis and thought of you!). But it’s not that demand = money in my head. It’s that need = riding to the occasion. I’m still in the process of finishing my application (I sent over all transcripts, a statement of purpose, the school’s application, and filed for FAFSA so maybe I can get some grants because I’m “old.” Just waiting on two references and need to do an interview!). I’m going to see if I can test out of ASL 1, as I’ll know about 400 signs come fall semester. I’ll still be at the library, working around 1-2 classes per semester.
THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
It’s science fiction, Millennial style. That’s right, Ultra by Olivia Hill had car chases, fight scenes, bantering over which music genre to listen to in the car, telekinesis, astral projection. I had loads of fun reading this novel, especially since Hill taps into so many cultural references, from Area 51 and Project MK Ultra to Avengers.
Science fiction not your thing? Susan Rosenberg, radical activist for justice and peace, is sent to prison for transporting a truckload of weapons, bombs, and fake IDs across state lines. Does she belong in prison? Yes. But what about the length of time she’s given and the experimental prison she’s thrown in? That’s why the title is American Radical: A Political Prisoner in My Own Country.
NEXT WEEK’S BLOG POSTS
Many of my readers are mothers, mothers who maybe struggled to bear children. Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran is about a couple, both children of immigrants from India, and their desire for a baby that doesn’t come. Their paths cross with Solidad, an undocumented Mexican teen unexpectedly pregnant. But desire and opportunity don’t always make for the perfect plan, because while Soli didn’t expect a baby, that doesn’t mean she’s giving it up. Review Tuesday.
I was told The Cipher by Kathe Koja is a classic of grunge and psychological horror, all emphasized by a very real black hole inside an apartment, a black hole that may contain a something living. . . Review Thursday.
BOOKS ADDED TO THE TBR PILE
Owned Books on TBR at Beginning of Year: 242
Owned Books on TBR Today: 223
Wonder if I can get Lou @ Lou Lou Reads to to check out Women in White Coats with me in the future!