This is a new blog for me, basically replacing my Xanga which is a personal blog I've had since 2004! (Stone age in blogging years, I know). It is most definitely time for a change. I struggled with what I wanted to call my blog, but I decided to go with one of my favorite movies, adding a small play on words.
I love Little Miss Sunshine because it's about a "dysfunctional" family who on the outside seem to have nothing going for them. But the one thing they have going is they love each other deeply and they come together in the end in a hilarious yet touching way. A funny quote from the movie (one of many) is [SPOILER ALERT] after they get pulled over with Grandpa's body in the trunk (he died of natural causes, and the hospital was going to make them stay and process paperwork, but they had to make it to the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant). Anyways, the dad says..."Everybody just pretend to be normal!"
In a way, I think that's what many of us do every day. We pretend to be normal. But what is normal? Is this blog going to be normal? I don't know. It's probably going to have somewhat of a feminist perspective (hence the "Ms.") but I don't want it to be exclusively a feminist blog, or an academic blog, or a political blog. I want it to be MY blog. I want it to be personal. Sometimes the personal is political. Sometimes I might just want to vent. Sometimes I might want to share something funny. Sometime I might want to share something not funny at all, but heartbreaking.
I welcome conversation. I welcome criticism as long as it's done respectfully. I do want people to read it, but even if they don't that's okay. This is mostly for me anyways. I love reading and writing and learning. So hopefully this will be an outlet for all of the above.