Top 10 Reasons for Quitting My Day Job

photo of footprints in sand leading to water's edgeAt the end of April, I am stepping down from my job as the executive director of the TN Association of Microboards and Cooperatives, Inc.,  an organization I founded in 2001.  The people I work with and for are awesome and inspiring.  So why did I decide it was time to move on?

Just in case you were wondering…

  1. I have finished a new non-fiction book on institutional peonage and a manual on self-employment and need to focus on getting them  PUBLISHED!
  2. I have two novels started and the characters in one of them are tired of waiting for me to tell their story;
  3. I have several articles to finish with Mark on the national research study about people with disabilities serving on boards of directors;
  4. I am supervising the construction of our new home in Trousdale County;
  5. The wonderful program director of Thomas’s microboard is going to be on maternity leave and I will be her barely adequate fill in person;
  6. I am one of the experts for the US Justice Department on the lawsuit against sheltered workshops in Oregon and that work is coming up soon;
  7. I am teaching an online summer school class on disability history for the Disability Studies program at CUNY;
  8. I have two big weaving projects that are way behind schedule;
  9. This summer I am traveling to  Baltimore to present at a conference, to Clarence NY for my 40th high school class reunion, to Myrtle Beach with Mark’s nephew’s family, and some other mysterious place to celebrate our 10th Wedding Anniversary; and,
  10. While all of this is going on, I’m sure another call from my higher power will wind its way through all of these commitments and pull me in an entirely new direction!

So that is the personal lowdown that didn’t make into the press release.  I’m leaving TAMC to work on these other projects that hand been languishing in the wings for a long, long time. But I’m not changing my phone number or email address or moving away just yet. So stay tuned for intermittent progress reports and a call for new readers of the beta versions of the novels!


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