The Magpie in the Nest is twitter-pated, cast adrift on her wings on the winds of perpetual change, buffeted by changing fortune as she attempts to cosset her aged parents and pluck herself up to tackle the myriad tasks that are involved when one lives with you and the other is in demented in aged care. She has devoted a whole other blog to that, and such is the power of social media that much sharing goes on on Facebook. It is a source of great comfort and resources as ideas are exchanged and solidarity is offered.
Perhaps I should be blogging on one of many other blogs, but here in the Nest life is complicated as it is in Your Nest. This is a little hit of reality about my fast life in the slow lane of life.
Today, as I supported the speech therapist's work with my mother, I witnessed yet again the wonders of brain injury and brain disease as my once eloquent mother demonstrated the loss of a whole grammatical group of words. Her verbs have simply disappeared! Amazing really. The nouns are there, but the verbs have gathered their skirts and run as fast as their little legs can carry them, deserting a sinking ship. Imagine that! A world without verbs!
Enough of that. It goes on. We deal with.
A few of my friends have semi-lured me out of retirement. I'm doing a little bit of English coaching again and I'm loving it!!! Bright young things are very rewarding to work with without the politics of institutions and the dreariness of staff meetings. I can set my own agenda and all we are dealing with is the wonderful subject of English. And yes, I do find it thrilling!
I am also formulating a doctorate of philosophy research proposal in English literature as well. I joined a rhetorical society today. An international one and tonight I was thrilled to access their journal online. I downloaded two theoretical papers that I am about to take to bed with me and work through. One involved Foucault. I'm amazed that he is still being referred to. Pleased really. At least I still recognize his name after all this time and the 12 years since I last sat in the academic nest. I looked for the most read articles and then the most cited articles. I thought that that was an okay strategy to start with. Surely?
So life in the Nest here is a bit hectic, what with the quilting and the knitting and the ceramics. Oh, and I forgot that I have a flute examination next Tuesday morning so I had better get off here and do a bit of solid work!!!!
My Blog Mission here is always to present Magpie's Nest as an Everywoman Narrative in so far as my context conveys that for others in my situation given all the variables that I might share with others in terms of gender, socioeconomic status, political persuasion, marital status, educational background, aspirations, health status, hobbies, ad infinitum. As you can appreciate, if we mapped my various contexts many of these contexts would crisscross with others. My uterine/ovarian and thyroid cancer experience as a woman has been shared with other women regardless of socioeconomic background and educational status.
When I get restless I play around with blog ideas and images on Photoshop. I've never let go of my first blog. I love her. And I'm resurrecting her. Maybe she'll be my academic blog!!!!!