I’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.
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