Few people are actually voiceless

One of the concepts we hear/use a lot – particularly in social equity contexts – is that of “giving voice to the voiceless.”  I was at a YWCA luncheon honoring Richmond women and one of them spoke about her experience growing up with her autistic brother, and how the experience of helping him actually helped her.  She also…

Therapy

I was listening to a successful, high-powered woman executive speak at a luncheon the other day.  Someone asked her about the best thing she ever did for personal development (not to be confused with “taking-a-bath-to-relax” self-care or strictly professional development) and she said “start going to a counselor; if things aren’t going well in your professional…

Laying Out My Pieces

A quick thought on an Easter morning – When did we stop asking questions? Or did we ever start? I was in the doctor’s office the other day for a routine check-up. The nurse, who was going through the standard screening questions, said: “And you don’t smoke or drink alcohol.” I responded, “Well, I don’t smoke but…

End of another era

Approximately seven years ago, I left a rapidly growing medical practice for an uncertain future. I didn’t have a plan.  Come to find out, I didn’t have much of an idea about my core identity either, because what I had was so integrated with my profession. The year(s) after I left medicine was (were) very…

New job, new narrative

Starting a new job has its challenges, one of which is introducing yourself and getting to know your work colleagues.  I attended my first faculty meeting several weeks ago.  I didn’t know anyone in the room except for my boss, so she introduced me, I smiled and waved, and the meeting went on. It was…

Making Your Own Color Palettes

Update (1/9/17): Since posting this and posting the individual palettes on Twitter, I’ve had an outpouring of interest in this idea.  Many people have pointed me towards automated means to get this sort of thing done.  My favorites include http://www.palettefx.com (h/t Jenet Morrow from Twitter) and Tom Woodward‘s wordpress plugin (see his comment, below). And these…

Been Wanting to Do This for a While

Edit 11/21/16 *for those of you just reading this on 11/21/16 or later, I’ve been working on another draft via Twitter with much help from everyone but especially Maha Bali.  I’ll be putting out another, bigger better blog post.  When I do, I’ll link it <here.> Edit 11/22/16 But until the bigger better blog post…

Stories as a Way of Being

This morning at #OpenEd16, I presented as part of a panel on “Floating on a Sea of Data: Why Higher Ed Needs #SoNAR. I was a last minute addition, joining  Kate Bowles, Kristen Eshleman, Bonnie Stewart, Dave Cormier, and Amy Collier when another panelist became unavailable.  The position was offered to me as an opportunity related to my recent…

Granularities of the Open Dissertation

Next week, the 13th annual Open Education Conference will be hosted in my hometown. This is an exciting time for me; in academic circles we talk about how certain conferences bring out all of “our people.”  For me, #opened16 is that conference. You are my people and I hope you consider me one of your’s. Although…

The kids are watching

Even before my second daughter was born, I knew she would be a lot like me. Her spirit and I understood each other from the beginning. When I announced to my husband that her name would be Lindsay, it was her decision more than mine; she had told me what to call her in a dream, and it…

OLC Innovate: New Levels of Digital Participation

On April 20-22,  OLC-Innovate will be held in New Orleans on the edge of the French Quarter.  If you haven’t heard of the conference name before, it’s because this conference represents the combination of #et4online and blended conferences from years before. If you have a history of going to either one of those conferences, I encourage…

Imagining the Dream Job

Twitter, meet my completely formatted dissertation. Completely formatted Dissertation, meet Twitter. Happy New Year. pic.twitter.com/TPeed6wtys — Laura Gogia (@GoogleGuacamole) December 31, 2015 This week has been about finding out what you do after you’ve written your dissertation and sent it off to committee.  A mandatory lag is built into the system to allow the committee…