I am “alone in the desert” as my initial blog title stated, before I shifted to something more hopeful about changing that.
In my former life, I was a professor teaching women’s history, black history, US social history, and women’s studies at a small liberal arts school. It was small enough I taught 4 or 5 classes a semester and was “allowed” to introduce a variety of courses; enjoyable in its way, but not the kind of place where I could specialize, and do research, and be recognized in my field.
Before that I was a college reference librarian. The librarian in me lives on in my constant desire to tell others about the books I love.
I am no longer a professor. I am no longer an Authority. I no longer have to be judgmental and grade. Thank goodness. I thought about hiding my “lady professor” identity in my blogging, but realized how limiting that would be.
When my husband took a job at a small university in the Big Bend of Texas, I retired early and we came here. We had both been coming to Big Bend National Park for years and dearly love the place. We bought 10 acres in a valley north of Alpine where we built our home. I expected to backpack and do research and teach a course now and then. Instead I came down with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, making even minor socializing difficult. So I have read and read and read and had no one to tell what I was discovering until I found the blogosphere.
I am particularly excited to find readers interested in feminism, black women’s lives and writings, and global writings by and about women. Actually I am who I am because of some of the “Feminist Classics” that I read when they first came out. The fact I am a white woman makes writings by women of color all the more appealing. (See my review of Sister Citizen.) I am interested in the “intersection of gender and race,” but not in all the theoretical gibberish on those topics. I prefer to learn about diverse real women, in fiction and nonfiction.
More typically, I read widely. I like history of any time or place, memoirs and autobiography as well as books about Quakers and nature. In fiction my preferred genres are classics, mysteries, and literary fiction.
As you read my bogs and comments, please forgive my dyslexia. I do try to proofread carefully, but lots of my mistakes get by Spellcheck.
Thanks for your interests,
Paula Grunseit @ Wordsville did a long distance interview with me for Australian Women Writers in which I say more about who I am and why I started the Global Women of Color blog. She did a fine job. And there are photos of me and my beautiful part of the world. Check it out.
I have also added a shorter piece that I wrote about myself and my interest in books by global women of color.
GO TO GLOBAL WOMEN OF COLOR HERE: