Joining blogland has been interesting, if time consuming. I’ve been particularly interested in tapping into the universe of Black & biracial blogs, the debates about adoption, and the academic blogs. I also realized I have been on a run of non-sociological experiences this week. After a week spent nose down finishing a grant proposal (the sociology part), I have had or will have the following experiences within a four-day period. (1) The final meeting Friday of a commission hammering out proposals to address issues of racial bias. I’m the only academic in the group, which has lots of lawyers, judges, social service professionals, and public officials. About half are Black. Very different from the very pale academic circles that I usually move in, and an interesting good experience, although not without its frustrations in terms of process. (2) Spending the night sleeping on a cot at my church, where I’m doing my turn as a volunteer in a program providing temporary housing for homeless people. A couple of new families had moved into the program and the women sat up late last night talking with each other, forming relationships and getting to know one another, while my husband and I went to sleep on cots in the other room. This morning we got up at 6 to put on the coffee and provide whatever assistance we could, as the families had to be up, have all their possessions packed for the move to the next church, and out by 7 am to go to the day center while volunteers came in to clean out the rooms so they would be ready for Sunday School by 9. (3) Tomorrow I’m supposed to give a lunch talk to a group of Democrats about racial issues in my community; they want an update about what has been happening in the Commission. I have not figured out what to tell them. I’ll have to call the organizer to remind myself what to say, as they won’t be set up for my usual PowerPoint spiel. I also suddenly realized this morning that classes start Tuesday and I don’t have the syllabus updated and printed for my 150 students, so I’m going to have to (one again) impose on the good will of the office staff to get it ready on time. At least the class is in the afternoon. And I have a ton of work to do to get ready for my Wednesday graduate seminar. Moving right along.