Volunteer Opportunity

I recently emailed the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center asking if they had any interest in having free writing workshops for youth/adults. They emailed me back today and seem interested. Although this wouldn’t be a paid position, this could be a very good opportunity for me and a nice start into something I’d like to begin: therapeutic writing workshops. I think it’d be nice to run some workshops at the center and see what kind of writing the community can generate. Would be nice to have readings and create chapbooks of the work. I’ve always been involved in the queer community in some capacity and would really enjoy the opportunity to get involved with the LA queer community.

I keep thinking about what to do when I finish CalArts. I’ll have my MFA, be qualified to teach higher ed, but my interests still lie in teaching younger students. I think it would be a good idea to try and teach comp at a community college or city college (or who ever would take me) or teach a class at CalArts right after I graduate. But I am contemplating whether or not I should get another degree. Perhaps an MA in Contemplative Education from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. That is an interesting program: the pedagogy is based on Buddhist principles and practices. It’s also low residency so you only have to physically be there during the summer. Then I wonder if I need an Early Childhood ed degree–or just enough credits to teach little kids in the state of California. Sigh, who knows what the future holds! I’m still intrigued by Biblio-Poetry Therapy. You have to be certified through a program. But that would qualify me more to run writing therapy workshops.

I’m sure by mid-year next year I’ll have a better idea of what to do next.


Eating Healthfully

Pictured above is the dinner I prepared tonight. I grew up eating really healthy food, but as an adult I haven’t always been the best food choices, resulting in weight gain and general discontent (really). I’m trying to get back to eating healthy foods, while still enjoying eating at restaurants, and eating some meat. I didn’t eat red meat until I moved to Los Angeles. Well, in Santa Fe I timidly tried a bite or two of a few things, but I didn’t accept eating it until I moved here. Now I like it, but only if it’s really well prepared. But before I get into my red meat lust convo, I’d like to describe what I ate tonight. For this evening’s meal I prepared a filet of salmon, grilled veggies and warm beets. To prepare the salmon I preheated the oven to 350 degrees, put the filet in some tin foil (in a pan), added a little olive oil, fresh squeezed ginger, smushed garlic, soy sauce, and maple syrup. Baked for 25 minutes (half with foil closed, half open). For the veggies (broccolini, portobello mushrooms, brussels sprouts) I doused them in olive oil, salt, pepper and Trader Joe’s 21 herb seasoning. Then I grilled them on my grill pan. For the beets, I will admit, I just opened the package of steamed beets from Trader Joe’s. Got to love that place! My favorite grocery store by far.

Now, to the red meat. I tried a few burgers in LA last fall: In N Out and 5 Guys. They were decent. I liked them. Couldn’t really taste the meat with all the topics on them–which was probably good to start. Then this past semester Max took me to Umami Burger and I feel IN LOVE. I got the Hatch Burger. Having lived in New Mexico for a long time, I felt it was my duty to try a burger claiming to have real Hatch green chiles on them. The burger comes on the most delicious bun I’ve ever tasted–great texture and doesn’t get too soggy. The meat is soft and flavorful and topped with chopped green chiles and home-made white gooey cheese. Melt in your mouth delicious.

If I hadn’t already eaten, I’d be hungry!