My blog was originally created to go along with my academic and creative exploration in VCU‘s Media, Art, and Text PhD program. I called it Muddy Water – a name that seemed to fit at the time. Then I got swamped with grad school and took a break from regular posts. When I returned in Feb 2012, I renamed my new-old blog PirateMom Chronicles and moved it to this space on WordPress.
Teaching full-time at Longwood University for two years, and now for Thomas Dale High School in Chesterfield County, leaves little time for any of my writing projects – including this blog. That’s why there are only a few posts over the past three years. Now that I’m in my second year at Dale, in a teaching job I plan to keep until I decide not to teach anymore, I’d like this to change.
You may be wondering – why PirateMom Chronicles? Because I like the sound of the title, mostly, although there’s more to the pirate connection than I want to go into here (perhaps a later blog post). And mom is the most important job title I have.
Okay – so why the black crow as my Avatar?
For me, crows are a reminder to that magic exists if I’m paying attention.
For some Native American nations, crows were sacred – a “supreme being of the sky” – a bird who “beat his wings and the wind rises, his tongue is the lightning.”
This blog is where I want to “beat my wings” and rise the wind. More mundanely, it’s where I want to share cool stuff I stumble across in the field of media, art & text. Because crows are also known as intelligent scavengers, who particularly like shiny objects, and that’s one of the things I have consistently done on this blog since I first posted in 2008. Enjoy!