May Notes

Transnational networks ~ contacts, coalitions, and interactions across national boundaries that are not controlled by the central foreign policy organs of governments.

hegemonic ~ ruling or dominant in a political or social context.


Explore the edges of the sandbox.

Color outside the lines.
Spill some milk.

There are many ways to play, coach and live, and you must walk the path that fits you best.

Be creative. Be unique. Be YOU.

~ Mano Watsa

Give constructive feedback by respectfully critiquing the work while backing you views with examples plus evidence and providing possible solutions.

State what was meaningful, evocative, interesting, exciting, and/or striking in the work just witnessed. Ask neutral questions about the work, and the artist responds. Questions are neutral when they do not have an opinion couched in them. State opinions, after you are given permission from the artist; the artist has the option to say no.

All art is political.

Write an essay about the future that you envision for yourself. Create a plan to achieve it.

zaftig ~ having a full, rounded figure; plump (typically used of a woman). It comes from Yiddish zaftik, which means “juicy” or “succulent” and itself derives from zaft, meaning “juice” or “sap.”

Janky is a slang term for something run down, of poor quality, or unreliable. It can also be used for someone considered undesirable in some way. Janky first emerged in the 1990s, featured in rap songs as early as Ice Cube’s 1993 “Really Doe”: “Hard to swallow, janky as Rollo / Count to ten, and don’t try to follow.” Rollo is reference to Rollo Lawson, a recurring character on the 1970s sitcom Sanford and Son, who had a seedy reputation on on the show.

Continue the good. Cultivate kindness.

Everyone is a dumpster fire every now and then. Drawing by Robin Sallie

international vs transnational ~ As adjectives the difference between international and transnational. is that international is of or having to do with more than one nation while transnational is between or beyond national boundaries .

Three levels of oppression—interpersonal, institutional, and internalized—are linked with each other and all three feed off of and reinforce each other. In other words, all three levels of oppression work together to maintain a state of oppression.

The coronavirus is a microscopic ball studded with specially shaped spikes that it uses to recognize and infect our cells. Antibodies can thwart such infections by glomming onto the spikes, like gum messing up a key.

“Even if it makes others uncomfortable, I will love who I am.”

– Janelle Monáe

long COVID – people struggle with debilitating symptoms for months (or even years), while struggling to get care or disability benefits.

Endemicity ~ 1: belonging or native to a particular people or country. b : characteristic of or prevalent in a particular field, area, or environment problems endemic to translation the self-indulgence endemic in the film industry. 2 : restricted or peculiar to a locality or region

agita ~ anxiety, stress, or aggravation.

reification ~ the act of treating something abstract, such as an idea, relation, system, quality, etc., as if it were a concrete object

pantheist ~ the doctrine that the universe conceived of as a whole is God and, conversely, that there is no God but the combined substance, forces, and laws that are manifested in the existing universe.

I had lost track of the narrative in my own story.

Third culture kids (TCK) or third culture individuals (TCI) are people who were raised in a culture other than their parents’ or the culture of their country of nationality, and also live in a different environment during a significant part of their child development years.

written journal: a mix of what happened, a mix of what you are thinking, and a mix of drafts.

A meta-analysis looks comprehensively at published evidence on a topic and figures out which way that evidence collectively points. A small study here and there might not give us findings we can count on alone, but put a bunch more studies together and you’re likelier to get a reliable picture.

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