Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Help Me Out? (And a Brief Life Update)

Hey guys! 

So the new semester is underway, and things have gotten quite busy even though it feels like we've barely started. First of all, between now and my last "life update" at the beginning of November, I've been dealing with some health problems. Basically, at the end of November, I started having severe back pain--so bad at times that I was starting to lose feeling in my legs and had trouble standing up. Long story short, I went to the doctor, had an MRI done, and found out that I had two protruding discs in my lower back. Winter break consisted of three corticosteroid injections (giant needles in your back are a LOT of fun, I'm telling you), an arsenal of different medications, lots of physical therapy, and a number of trips to the doctor's office for follow-up appointments (and one after I had an allergic reaction to Celebrex). The problem is much more under control now, but I'm still on muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories around the clock, and if I sit for too long, I DEFINITELY notice it. It's nice to have the back of a 90 year-old woman at 22! The biggest thing that bothers me is that I have to take it easy. Too much bending, lifting, sitting, standing, or walking can put me in muscle spasms for hours, and I'm not used to taking it easy, especially since I started graduate school and teaching, but hey, it could always be worse. 

Anyways, what I REALLY wanted to talk to you guys about was one of the projects I'm working on this semester. As a graduate teaching assistant in the English Department, one of my responsibilities is to help collaborate on the textbook for next year's Writing I (ENG 110) classes. At our university, we have what's called the "public affairs mission," which comes with it's own theme every year. I'm mentioning this because English 110  ties into this theme every year. The upcoming theme is "global perspective," (you can get a definition of exactly what that is by clicking HERE. One of the things I have to do is find an article (or two, or three) that fits this theme to include in the textbook for next year. And, as a book blogger and avid reader, I would LOVE to submit some articles dealing with those areas. I have a couple that I'm looking at, but I know you guys read just as much (if not more) bookish-related posts than I do, so why not ask for a little help and expand my search?

 Here are some really basic specs for what I need:

1) Some sort of blog post, news article, scholarly essay, video clip, etc. that can be tied back to the theme of global perspective in some way, shape, or form. Again, you can find a brief explanation here if you need it. The article doesn't have to be scholarly. We use an amalgamation of sources!

2) Leave me the link (or title and author) in the comments! Feel free to submit as many as you can think of! If I don't end up submitting it for the textbook, there's a pretty good chance I might end up using the material in my own lesson plans!

3) The article doesn't have to be related to books. Though I love to talk about books, I know you guys read a LOT of other interesting things as well, so feel free to submit anything that fits in with the theme! 

4) Keep in mind that these articles are going to be read and analyzed by first-year college composition students (most of my students wind up in the 18-20 year-old range), so try to avoid articles that are aimed for more advanced students (say, Masters or Doctoral students). 

And that's it! I would love, love, LOVE, if you guys would chip in. After all, the book blogosphere represents such a wide variety of cultures, worldviews, and (keyword!) perspectives too, right? 
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