I've been a bit spotty about posting because the new quarter is revving up and I'm co-teaching a new-to-me course. I'm almost on leave from teaching this quarter; I'm don't have my usual Women's Studies course but am helping out as a discussion leader for a class called Religion, Gender, and Sexuality. I'm really sort of a glorified TA, which feels like a welcome break, since it'll give me time for an upcoming translation project and a scholarly article I probably should've written over winter break.
I'm sure this class will inspire a slew of posts once I pull my head out of my butt and get up to speed with the reading. For tomorrow alone, the readings range from Sufism's dichotomous view of gender to Old Testament texts on women and purity; from Buddhist renunciation of fleshly pleasures to Mary Daly on footbinding.
But I'm already behind with all that reading for the best of reasons. Today was a gorgeous day, a short respite from the grey skies and rain that have clouded any chance of preparing my garden. And my new camera arrived in the mail today. Lucky me! So I spent the afternoon outside cleaning up garden debris, pruning my clematis, and trying out my new toy. Here's a first taste of last year's planting, my spooky blue rock iris, which have been in bloom for the past couple of weeks.