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It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine! - REM

When they had us practice the assorted emergency drills for the Worst Case Scenario a public school teacher could reasonably fear and prepare for-- earthquakes, fires, school shootings-- they didn't cover global pandemics.

March of 2020, my district went on lockdown. The last few months of the 2019-2020 school year were spent at home, with everyone and their grandmother all struggling to learn how to use zoom and all the old, anti-tech teachers rapidly realizing that they'd have to bite the bullet and use Google Classroom. There was one or two cases of people being blazingly dumb about the ordeal (like the art teacher who insisted her students come to the school to turn in their art projects, despite the fact that our county was a Covid hotspot), but mostly our staff seemed happy that the district was being forced to take the issue seriously (thanks Newsom).

I was fucking thrilled. Like,…



It is not a written list

but it is in my head; something I think about most days 


It is not something I share with others

because I think people would think it is odd 


It is not a hobby,  not something that I build or collect

The headwaters of the Mississippi, in Minnesota. Some people might say that the true headwaters are of the Missouri river, but the North to South Mississippi starts here, and so it stays. Unusual, in that most rivers are female, but the Mississippi is always spoken of as being male: He is the Father of Waters, the Old Man River, and so on. There are also numberless seasonal brooks and creeks emptying into the Lake, any which of whom might be considered to be the "true" headwaters of the river,…

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