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Behind the Curtains of the Review Processes

So there is a list of best land use and environmental law review articles. It’s a complete mystery to me how it was all put together until last month when I was invited to be a reviewer for it. The second or third time I saw the list, I printed it out and wrote with…

The Pushback

I was expecting the pushback, but earlier. Yet things are always so slow in the South. The rate of speech. The dialect. The drawing out out of vowels and pauses between words. The pushback comes later, because it takes it that long for them to figure out what has been happening. People are resistant to…

Overcoming Drag

A year ago this Friday, I presented a paper on pandemic academic parenting. In the year since, my youngest can read the letters that I type. My family is my thrust, the force that pushes me forward. But there are other variables that drag me. If thrust is stronger, it overcomes the drag. I have…

Slavery and Adverse Possession

Today was Day 3 of Property. I have joined the sections of Slavery and Adverse Possession together. Conceptually, no one combines them. But to me, this arrangement made sense. The students presented on Cheryl I. Harris’ Whiteness as Property and Reflections on Whiteness as Property. The conversation veered into affirmative action. I found a case…

A Cold January

The month is only half way through. The first week of classes are done. I can see the weariness in my students’ eyes. Almost two years of a pandemic. 115 students between my two classes. I had my property students journal today, but I called it free writing. It will help them with essay writing…

Unsubscribe All

I’ve managed to unsubscribe all from almost all email listservs. I also left the group WhatsApp and Signal chats. In the time since, I have been able to find my laptop that was missing for the past two weeks. I didn’t actually find it. My husband did. He picks it up as it was stuck…

Losing Lani

A Life Without Cable

“I cannot talk. Mobs are talking over the capitol. Aren’t you watching this?” “No.” I said irked. “Go turn on the TV.” “Okay. I will talk to you later.” I didn’t turn on the TV. I don’t have cable. The last time I had cable was in law school, because my roommate said she needed…

The Low Down on Looking Down

Two indigenous poets, one from the Marshall Islands and another from Greenland, converged at the source of rising seas to join in a moment of solidarity. Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner and Aka Niviâna use poetry to showcase the linkages between their homelands in the face of climate change.  I haven’t watched the film, Don’t Look Up, and…