Author Archives: Alyson Indrunas

About Alyson Indrunas

Always learning about instructional design, educational technology, professional development, adult education, and writing.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Teaching

All this, all of this love we’re talking about, it would just be a memory. Maybe not even a memory.” ~Raymond Carver I love Raymond Carver, and I’ve reused (plagiarized?) this title so many times because I wish I had created it. … Continue reading

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Ça Depend

We all carry trace fossil’s within us–the marks that the dead and the missed leave behind. Handwriting on the envelope, the wear on a wooden step left by footfall; the memory of a familiar gesture by someone gone, repeated so … Continue reading

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Chapter 2: A Memoir

This week I spent my morning writing time working on the second chapter of my book, “On and Off The Trail.” I’ve decided to ditch Medium after learning there is a paywall, and I’m not actually down with (wait for … Continue reading

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Chapter 1: A Memoir

Ten months ago, I wrote this pretentious somewhat overwrought blurb for the book that I was going to write. Ten months later, I have a draft with some reasonable heft, and nine chapters. So here goes. The first assignment of … Continue reading

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At Capacity With Words

This is precisely the time when artists go to work. There is no time for despair, no place for self-pity, no room for fear, we speak, we write, we do language. That is how civilizations heal. ~Toni Morrison For some … Continue reading

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Ending The Remote Work Day While The World Changes and Changes and Changes

The culture depends on the sensitivity of a few, because nothing can be healed if it’s not sensed first. ~Glennon Doyle Yesterday I spent some energy trying to help a few people because I’m still employed. The inner-service worker in … Continue reading

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Birthday Wishes

Today is my husband’s 50th birthday, and like many of you, we are mourning our big plans. He’s not a let’s-have-a-big-party-kind-of-guy, but we do like small gatherings of people. We like restaurants and coffee shops. We love libraries and bookstores. … Continue reading

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Remote Work Tips While The World Changes

Just like moons and like suns,With the certainty of tides,Just like hopes springing high,Still I’ll rise. ~Maya Angelou (emphasis mine) Yesterday I shared some tips on working remotely with a friend who is about to lead a team for the … Continue reading

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Five Things I Wish I Could Say To Every Teacher

These ideas are half-baked, from the heart, and written from the perspective of a former teacher. My context is higher-education, mainly community colleges and regional publics, but there are some tips, I hope that apply to all educators. Here goes. … Continue reading

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This Machine Killed My Inner-Fascist

Any fool can make something complicated. It takes a genius to make it simple. ~Woody Guthrie On March 5, which already feels like two months ago, I shared something that surprised me when it came out of my mouth, and … Continue reading

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