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Bongiorno! or, Keep Your Shoes On Dumb-Ass

And make sure to roll that R like your tongue is one of those  Skydancer wavy-guys you see at Car Dealerships on a windy day . Seriously, after 8 days of sincere attempts to speak Sesame Street level Italian out of respect for our hosts, my mouth feels like I have been giving airport bathroom BJs to every anti-gay Republican in the House. So I've been away from the news, but I come back to the semi-occasional renewal of the Patriot-If-You-Disagree-With-It-You-Hate-America-And-Kittens-Act. And in a rare instance, I found myself appreciating the fact that Rand Paul (named after an author who's book his Dad was reading while banging his Mom Mom apparently)  was doing his best to delay the Act's renewal This is one of those times where we Progressives and our Libertarian friends agree, much like the coalition that legalized the Buddha-Bud in my home-State of Colorado, you would think there is enough bipartisan support to eliminate the post- 9/11 fear-driven Government

Plan A, or, Don't Call Me An Adjunct

It's Not About the Clock, or KA-CHUNK, 48"x52" Oil on Canvas, 2011 (Today's Blog Soundtrack, to be listened to as you read) Teaching is as as much a labor of love as it is a part of my artistic practice. I would be teaching in some capacity no matter the circumstance just as I would be painting or collaging no matter the circumstance.  Yet I am continually reminded that it is labor.  I am obligated by my passion to teach, yet I am laboring extremely long hours at two different schools in order to fulfill that obligation.  Add to that the burden of a third job because the other two cannot cover all my bills.  As a result I am not giving my students all of myself; they only receive what I have the time to give because I am spread so thin. This makes me a less effective educator. I see the student's disappointment when I do not hand back an assignment when promised because my weekend was occupied by a surprise design assignment on top of my