Back on Track

goodluckcharm-1024x1024So maybe I can start out with a good news of the year so far list and see if it will take on a life of its own.

Maybe it will self-replicate and I will have exponentially long lists of good news gathering in piles across my floor with the dust bunnies that rarely get any attention.  So here goes:

  • I have won ten scratch off lottery tickets so far this year; scored two free tickets and a net gain of $12.00.  Woo Hoo!
  • My next book, Disability Servitude, has been accepted for publication by Palgrave/MacMillan.  I have three whole months to finish the revisions!
  • I have wonderful students in the two sections of the Disability History course I’m teaching at CUNY this semester.
  • I have a wonderful husband, three wonderful sons, and two funky cats.
  • I have awesome nieces and nephews!
  • I have a new used car that rocks–a 2008 Suburu Outback with a manual transmission.
  • I’m part of a Civil War Civilian History Interpreters group and I participated in my first event as “L. Virginia French“–a 19th Century writer and poet from Tennessee.
  • I have finished one weaving project, warped one loom, am winding another warp, and am finally getting to finish the Weave Trust with Truth wall hanging I’ve been working on.
  • The State of Tennessee has agreed to close the last remaining institution for individuals with intellectual disabilities by 2016 as part of an exit plan for the People First of TN lawsuit against Clover Bottom Developmental Center.
  • And soon it will be warm enough to start working on our house again.  It’s Christmas in the new house or bust this year for sure.

That’s what’s fit for print right now.  Hopefully there will be much, much more to follow.