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Throwback Thursday: A Decade of Blog-tastic March(s)

Many of my recent blog posts have focused on the fact that 10 years have passed since I started this blog, which has brought up a certain nostalgia for me, as well as the stark reality that my posts need to be cleaned up. Ten years will accrue a lot of broken links and unnecessary tags, if my blog is considered to be a representative sample. It also means that I’m in the depths of making sure all my photos aren’t being pulled from Flickr, which has proven a real treat.

March, like February, is a month that I posted rarely in over the years, but there are still some good bits around. I think I go into hibernation every spring, pretty much. Regardless, here is the best of March that my blog has to offer through the decade.

A Decade of Blog-tastic March(s)

March 30, 2008: Honeybee Haiku Cycle: Part 1
This is part one of my four part haiku cycle and contains three poems, most of which I still think are worthwhile.

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

March 27, 2013: The Martian Chronicles: “Ylla” by Ray Bradbury and The Problem That Has No Name
This is an analysis of the story “Ylla” from Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles in the contact of Betty Friedan, for all the feminist Science Fiction scholars out there (which I need to be). This analysis is short, but I’m proud of it nonetheless.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

March 22, 2014: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
This is my only post from March 2014, written after my first time teaching Gatsby to Juniors in public High School.

Like I said, slim pickings this month, but I guess it’s good to know that my Marchs of the past weren’t a total waste?

Books Reviews of 2006

File this post under blasts from the past(s). As my 10 years blogiversary approached last year, I was feeling nostalgic about my old, hand-coded website, so of course I looked it up on the Wayback Machine. I was braced for something really amazing, and instead I found a website with roughly ten book reviews and three recipes on it. Below you will find the un-edited book reviews from 2006 aka most of my website back then (spoiler alert: they’re kind of pretentious). I hope someone on the internet finds them useful someday.

The highlight of this set of review, I believe, is that it contains my first reading of Breakfast at Tiffany’s as well as my hilariously waffling on Science Fiction, which I now love. Part one of this series is Book Review of 2003, if you finish this yet crave more, and I also added my annotated bibliography on James’s The American to the site. These are all the book reviews that the vault holds, so I hope you enjoyed them!

A Small Place by Jamaica Kincaid

Jamaica Kincaid A Small PlacePublished in 1988 Kincaid’s A Small Place is an unflinchingly angry portrayal of post-colonial, post-slavery life on the island of Antigua. To put it simply: Kincaid is as mad as hell, and she’s not going to take it anymore. If you’re white and can shelve your defensiveness for a moment this book is actually really enjoyable, it’s written in first person and directed at “you,” the British colonizer and/or the fat white tourist.

Kincaid’s sense of humor is wonderfully dark, and there are a lot of moments of humor, if you keep an open mind. Still, at the heart of the matter is the story of Antigua’s decay, left to rot by the British colonizers, with a population that doesn’t vote openly corrupt officials out of office. She openly points out the irony of the celebration of emancipation and the valorization of the Hotel Training School, which teaches the residents of the island to be servants.

In the end, Kincaid concludes that no one is to blame, that after slavery the masters are no longer evil and the slaves are no longer “noble,” but that everyone is merely human. She problematizes the matter, but offers no solutions, which might irritate those concrete sequentials among us. Also, she refers to Columbus, and the explorers in general, so adored in American culture, as “human rubbish” on multiple occasions. You might not agree with Kincaid, but this is one topic someone should be pissed off about, and her unapologetic narrative is about as honest as you can get.

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Throwback Thursday: A Decade of Blog-tastic February(s)

Many of my recent blog posts have focused on the fact that 10 years have passed since I started this blog, which has brought up a certain nostalgia for me, as well as the stark reality that my posts need to be cleaned up. Ten years will accrue a lot of broken links and unnecessary tags, if my blog is considered to be a representative sample.

February is the one month that I wrote the least over the years, but there are still some good bits around. Here is the best of February that my blog has to offer through the decade.

A Decade of Blog-tastic February(s)

February 2, 2008: Squirrel Haiku
My muse eternal: the squirrel.

February 20, 2008: Downpour Haiku
I would consider this one of my better, if not my best haiku, of all time. Even if you disagree, you would have to admit that it’s an unnecessarily violent weather-themed haiku, and that’s something.

Etsy Quote

February 23, 2010: Etsy vs Big Cartel vs Storenvy
This is probably my all-time most popular post, so much so that I feel compelled to update it regularly eight years later. All told it’s been view over 50,000 times (that’s a lot for me), and I’m extremely appreciative of everyone who reads it, comments on it, and shares it.

February 23, 2011: Our New Mouse, Niblet
This post commemorates adopting Niblet, a pet mouse, and probably the last mouse I’ll ever own. She was very cute, but never really warmed up to me as much as I wanted. Mice as pets are sort of like fuzzy goldfish.

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Throwback Thursday: A Decade of Blog-tastic January(s)

Many of my recent blog posts have focused on the fact that 10 years have passed since I started this blog, which for the internet makes me quite the granny (as through my soul wasn’t already a granny).

In celebration (or really, commemoration) of my decade of blogging, I’ve been going through all of my old posts and giving them a scrub. That means fixing the many, many broken links, updating the categories, fixing photo sizes, updating post titles (some of which make no sense), and deleting ones that are just a waste. Because, if you remember, in 2007 there was no Pinterest, so a lot of my posts are essentially one photo with a sentence underneath.

Yet, by some miracle of chance, it’s not all bad! Here is the best of January that my blog has to offer through the decade.

A Decade of Blog-tastic January(s)

January 21, 2008: On Specious Reasoning
My satiric Platonic dialog that ends in Socrates destroying the world. I’m still somewhat amused by this post, and, also, it makes me feel like I was in college forever (because I was).

King of Kong Movie Poster

January 24, 2008: “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”
My short review of this movie (poster above) reminds me of a really good time that I had with my friends, and it was a genuinely enjoyable film. Also, allegedly, Billy Mitchell (who is in the documentary) commented on the post … I don’t know, it probably wasn’t him, but if it was, how cool would that be?

January 14, 2009: Toaster Oven Haiku
I have still, to this day, never found a toaster oven that works.

January 24, 2013: Crushed Rocks? I Wish: A Response Essay on Makeup in Our Society
I have to say that, five years later, I’m still quite proud of this essay which addresses makeup and the expectations that women will wear it. My anecdote about being harassed at work by my boss is especially relevant now with the #MeToo movement. This is my favorite article on this list and a reminder that some of my best posts are response posts.

There you have it, the best that ten years of January has to offer. What wonders will January 24th of this bring in the future (since that’s clearly a good day for me)?