It’s been suggested to me that, since most of my readers aren’t people that I know personally, I might consider fleshing out my bio and my “expertise” a bit more on this blog. Apparently I am an enigma.
Taking that advice into account (see, I can follow directions), I’ve updated (and greatly expanded) the “About Me” section. Don’t want to bother clicking over? Here’s what you need to know.
I’m Maggie. I bake cakes. Thus the name. (Yeah, I know, really creative…) Also, I do some other things. Namely: biking; blogging, lurking, and surfing online; reading; and hanging out on bars, coffee shops, and libraries in Akron, OH. (I can walk to the library, Chipotle, and a locally owned coffee shop from my apartment. As one of my friends says, “She lives in the gay neighborhood – that’s how you know it’s good.”)
Want a little more of a CV? Hoping that I have some authority for all my opinions? This will probably disappoint, but here it is. Continue reading
Although I do a lot of reading on the topic, I’ve generally shied away from issues of race on this blog because they’re difficult to talk about. But, I read this article the other day that’s really got me thinking. I’m just posting this to share it without too much commentary of my own. But here’s the one thing I’ll add: at some points I have felt that diversity and multiculturalism are code for “and not you”. I don’t know if that’s wrong, but it is how I’ve felt. That’s faded a lot as I’ve gotten older and realized that everyone (yes, even a middle-class white girl from the Midwest) has a culture and that all of those cultures (even mine) are welcome in a truly multicultural society. But, it’s taken me a while to get here and it’s something I’m still working on.
So, without any further comment, here’s an excerpt from and link to Salon’s piece on white Americans struggle to find their place in multiculturalism. Continue reading