Stack of Grad School BooksI’m Ms. Brigitte and welcome to my mild ride.

Currently, I am an adjunct at a community college teaching in the communications department. I’m in my fifth year of teaching overall, and my second as an adjunct. My ‘author’ photo would be inserted here, but I prefer that, on the off chance my students or employers find my blog, I can plausibly deny that this is me. Also, I really want to catch a student turning in one of my blog posts as homework; it’s a minor dream of mine, and a photo would only tip my hand.

I live in Florida with my wonderful life partner Walter (aka boyfriend aka I don’t use his name on here because he’s also a teacher and children have no boundaries so they keep trying to find us online), and my cat who is the best cat ever. My step-son is around too, but I won’t embarrass him by putting him on my blog until he’s an adult, then all bets are off; something to look forward to in 2021. Seriously, I have a doozy of a story in my draft folder, stay tuned.

This blog, founded in 2007, used to be called Unwed Human Female until the name confused my friends too much, prompting me to change the name to Ms. Brigitte’s Mild Ride. I miss the old name, but have grown attached to the new one, a perfect metaphor for all of human life, really.

I’ve changed the blog/site around a lot in the last few years, specifically by making about half my posts private, deleting countless others, and generally nuking my Google ranking. This is because I was, for three years, a High School English teacher, and I really didn’t want students looking me up. Now that I’m an adjunct, I don’t think I’m interesting enough to Google, so a lot of my old posts are being restored. Since I was a HS teacher I try not to use profanity in my blog posts, in case you were wondering about that for some reason. I’d like fellow teachers to be able to use the materials here, basically.

Collage 1401


I also write haiku and make silly amazing collages, like the one above, which is also my header image. I have been making collages for over 30 years now. Occasionally, a review of a local theater production, opera, or ballet will pop up here as well, along with critiques of television of movies … see, it’s kind of a random blog. My writing style can best be summed up by quoting this Rate My Professor review I got: “she’s funny sometimes.”

I’m working on making the blog a tiny bit more focused at the moment, specifically posting literary analysis, random essays on life, and stuff about zines. That’s focused for me. Because of this, some of the older material has been archived, and can be perused via the helpful links below.

Archives of Amazingness 

I also love literary analysis thanks to my MA in English Literature. That sounds like I’m bragging, but it took me 10 years to get the degree, so trust me, I’m not. I have more to add to this list, but for now …

Super Interesting Scholarly Writing

29 thoughts on “About

    1. Brigitte Post author

      Thanks! I’m glad you can appreciate it, I can’t imagine how people can be highly focused enough for coherent, themed blogs, it completely escapes me!

  1. Amarettogirl

    So happy to virtually meet you! I discovered you through Valley of the Dolls site and I bought the Zombuki book! I am an artist, have an etsy shop, website and like you a blog – so my blog is about artful living, creative endeavors and so forth and once a month I do some ‘linkylove’ and feature either etsy shops or an article on my blog entitled -Inspiring Artist where I introduce my readers to artists I think are inspiring – and this month YOU’RE IT! I hope you enjoy the post about you and the ZOMBUKI’s and that it brings you more traffic and customers!

  2. Maaike

    Heya! I’ve been following your blog for a long time, it’s very fun! I absolutely adore the Zombuki’s. Galupe is definitely my favorite!
    I really want a Pullip for my own, especially Kirsche, but they’re so expensive! And since my parents (I’m 13 years old!) don’t want to spend their money on ‘a doll’, I’m forced to earn it all by myself..! XP
    Anyway, I love your blog, the random stuff and your video game reviews! I’m glad I finally found the courage to send you a message :)

    1. Brigitte Post author

      Aww, thank you so much :3 I’m glad you left a comment! Yes, Pullips are pretty expensive, I really only have a Paja aside from my own customs …

  3. Eileen Park(Korean)

    hello! Your products are very interest for me.
    I am a college student. I study about various jewelry.
    I found your products from some merchant’s blog.
    so your products made me curious about artist and meterials.
    I am not good in English so pls make short your reply hehe

  4. Andrea


    My name is Andrea and I handle PR and Marketing for FriendsWithYou. I wanted to thank you for the FWY piece you recently posted. We really appreciate it!! I also wanted to ask if you could send a contact name and email my way? We’d love to keep you guys posted with future news. Thanks again!


  5. rhubs

    love seeing you since I have one of your first series of zombukis at least I think she was one of your first representing west! hope to get Dumdum and Deedee!

    1. Brigitte Post author

      Yes, it did. It’s my mom’s boyfriend’s deer, he goes hunting every year. However, in 15 years he’s only killed 3 deer. They also use the whole thing, so that’s something. The way I see it I’ve probably been responsible for the deaths of hundreds of animals just by eating meat, but I don’t have the stomach to kill them myself. At least he takes responsibility for it, so I can’t take issue with it.

  6. Jackie

    Hello Brigitte, I looked for a contact email on your blog but was unable to find one. I hope this will reach you. I wanted to ask if it is okay for me to use some quotes from your “Big Cartel vs Etsy vs Storenvy” blog post for a writing class I am currently taking. Please let me know! Thank you.

  7. Saudade Brothers

    Love the Haiku! (and the Zombuki dolls for sure) So much to explore on your blog. Check mine for a few Haiku examples of my own if you have the time and inclination. I’ll definitely be checking back with yours. Have a great weekend and oh – what happened in 1995 to make you slow down?

    1. Brigitte Post author

      Thank you so much! LOL Oh 1995 was when I got my driver’s license ;3 the joke being that I’ve always driven the speed limit etc :D

  8. Handmade by Lindsay

    Hi! I just came across your blog (via the etsy v Big Cartel etc post) and I just have to tell you I LOVE your cat’s name! After reading that, I decided that I need to be completely unproductive today and read more of your blog. Thanks. :)

  9. Tiffany N.

    Hi! I also stumbled upon your blog from the Etsy x BigCartel x Storenvy comparison post. I`m sure you`ll be a great teacher this upcoming school year! What grade will you be teaching?

    1. Ms. B Post author

      Aww, thank you so much! I will hopefully be teaching High School but I don’t know the grade yet, that all depends on who will hire me! Hopefully I’ll have a job lined up soon so I can relax and plan lessons for the rest of the summer.

  10. david p

    Hello! I found your blog because of the Blake, or, the Huts of America post. I’m working on my PhD and its surprisingly hard to find a synopsis of this weird, rare book. Anyway, I’m looking forward to reading more! Your literary opinions are fascinating and that is REALLY unusual for the blogosphere, at least in my experience. Happy reading!

    1. Brigitte Post author

      Thank you so much for your comment! Blake really is a strange one, and unlike anything else I’ve read, really. I wrote my older literature stuff after grad school class discussions, which was fun, and now I write most of my new posts after teaching them to undergrad freshmen. Either way, I’m always getting someone to bounce ideas off of, which I enjoy. I’m really flattered by your comment, and thrilled that my literature posts aren’t boring. Best of luck with your PhD work!

  11. Malcolm W

    Hi! I came across your blog when I was scouring the internet for pictures of pullip prototypes, as I’m always dying to find things I haven’t seen after collecting for 10 years, and I was so pleased to come across this website. As a 19 year old male living in the 21st century, my sense of humor is very specific and some may say strange, but the way you write and present yourself in posts you have not only succeeded to make me smile and laugh, but also makes me want to read more and more and more on this site. You would have been a great teacher for me in high school, period. I hope you never stop blogging ! Have a great day queen.


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