Thursday, April 26, 2012
Back Pain, Teaching Job, Interviews, and Books
Hi, healers! As some of you may know from my desperate request for prayers, I demolished my lower back, particularly the SI joints and the muscles around them (which are in spasm), doing nothing more than some gentle, very gentle, stretching. It's a weak area for me, and I officially hit the PT office next week to address it. I haven't been able to move off the couch in about four days. I had two interviews scheduled this week, and my loving family assisted me in driving to them so I could prop myself up long enough to get through the processes. I'm a trooper! I did get offered an adjunct faculty teaching position in the sociology department of a local college on the spot, which I am thrilled about!
Clearly, I am frustrated over this, but the good news is that it has not caused a RSD/CRPS flare despite the excruciating pain and emotional distress. PROGRESS! I am trying to make the most of it.
Anyway, I wanted to do a post on the books I am reading at the moment since I am couch bound (I always read several non-fiction books at once.).
Nietzsche's Human, All Too Human: ABook for Free Spirits
I can't even describe this man. You just have to take a look yourself. This book is a mish mosh of a little bit of everything.
Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
(A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE)
This book addresses the mass incarceration of minorities under the (painfully faulty) War on Drugs and how its effects are creating a racial caste system similar to the Jim Crow period in many ways.
Dr. Peggy Drexler's Our Fathers Ourselves: Daughters, Fathers, and the Changing American Family
Dr. Peggy addresses the fragile and important bond between father and daughter by interviewing a number of women and analyzing their testamonies.