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When I was a Freshman at The University of Georgia, my step-dad, Bob Haymes, died of ALS.  It seemed the right thing to do to go back to UGA to accept the “ALS Ice Bucket Challenge." 

This post is in memory of Bob, but it’s also in honor of my mom.  Ma, know this:  Bob’s music, especially "That’s All,” impacted countless lives. But you impacted his life by loving him and by rekindling the Music inside him. Thank you for showing me what devotion and loyalty look like. I love you, Ma.  w.a.g.b.t.

Thanks to everyone who challenged me and thanks to everyone who remembers to donate when they accept their challenge.  

I’ll leave you with bit of the lyrics from Bob’s song…he’d like that, i think :’-)   

“I can only give you Love that lasts forever.  

And the promise to be near each time you call.

And the only heart I own,

Is for you and you alone,

That’s All.  ….   That’s All.”

I grew up in the South, where sexism can be so aggressive it smacks you upside the head (or in other places), so naturalized it’s like the sun coming up in the morning. In the late ‘80s and early '90s, when I was coming into adulthood, open expressions of feminist ideas could earn you hostility that was often downright scary.

But reading feminist authors like Marilyn French and Betty Friedan when I was an undergraduate at the University of Georgia gave me a sense that the resistance I felt to the discrimination I saw around me was something to be nurtured rather than overcome. I learned that being a feminist in the South was tough — it meant you had to be quick, Protean, subversive, and you damn well better have a sense of humor, or you would not survive. It also gave me strength and pride to identify with a movement that could correct wrongs and rewrite a social script that didn’t fit me.

Virgil, Dante and Marlowe's construction of time and space is "timey-wimey," because I watch too much Doctor Who.

MA in English, University of Georgia

Time and space as construct in Aeneid, Divina Commedia, and Dido Queen of Carthage.  // (or maybe) TACLIS:: time and comparative literature in space.