|Dr. Gail Griffin|
So...I'm at it again this year. It will be an interesting challenge as I am not the type of person who likes to put herself out there. In some ways I look at blogs as public diaries -- and I hated it when my siblings read my diary when we were kids. As I said to a friend of mine recently, I became a journalist because I didn't have to write about myself - I asked questions and wrote about others.
Ironically, this first day in the Blogathon falls the day after the woman who taught me to write about myself retired. I first met Dr. Gail Griffin, now Professor Emeritus of English at my alma mater, Kalamazoo College, when I took a course on autobiography my freshman year. We had to write an autobiographical piece as a final paper, and it was one of the hardest things I've ever written.
Gail became my academic advisor and I graduated with a BA in English and a lifelong friend. So Gail -- I'm going to try to draw on what I learned in your class 34 years ago and I hope I do it justice. Congratulations on your well-deserved retirement - K's English Department will not be the same.