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New Year, New Home, New Everything

January 1, 2011

Dear friends,

Happy New Year!* Sorry I wasn’t able to put up a post yesterday, but I have a good excuse: no Internet, because I was moving into a new apartment!

2011 is bringing new beginnings for me on many major levels. After over a year of living and learning with the Faithful Fools in San Francisco, I’m crossing the Bay from the City to the Town, setting up shop in a cozy apartment in North Oakland. The “shop” itself will be the final four semesters of the Masters of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts (through Goddard College) that I started in spring of last year, with the unbelievably generous support of the Buck Foundation scholarship. And my shopmates (fellow housemates) will be Ryan (whom you know) and Mai, a friend I got to know through the Marxist-Feminist study group.

Those are the basic facts; the meanings behind them feel a little complex.

Bittersweetness at leaving the Tenderloin, just as I was beginning to form some strong relationships, build trust, and get a solid feel for the place. Excitement to be living in Oakland, which was my original destination upon arriving in the Bay Area. (The Faithful Fools thing, in the city, kind of popped up as a surprise.)

Enthusiasm and optimism for my first time living with a partner.

And a complicated mixture of gratitude and grief about this amazing opportunity to pursue my dream education, fully funded, while so many other students worldwide suffer under tremendous debt from student loans — a collective yet tremendously isolating form of suffering owing to neoliberal attacks on public, accessible, common-good resources. But that matter deserves a whole post to itself: stay tuned.

As I transition into this new phase step by step, preparing to put lovely kitchen things into these lovely kitchen drawers (above), I just want to thank you, again, for reading, for commenting, for your kind encouragement, for your critiques, for your friendship, for your inspiration, collaboration, solidarity, and love in 2010. It was a year of great growth and change on Kloncke. To know that what I’m offering here continues to be of benefit to some people means more than I can express.

Thanks friends, take care, and be well in the new *Gregorian year!



2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cat permalink
    January 1, 2011 1:25 pm

    So when can I come over and help you decorate, just like last time? Some things aren’t new ;)

    And CLEARLY we will have a lot to talk about for 2010 and 2011

  2. Roger Nehring permalink
    January 1, 2011 2:15 pm

    Happy New Lotsa stuff!! I am excited for all your new beginnings. Congratulations on the scholarship and best of luck with your evolving relationship(s) in the new home.

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