Gloria Steinem came to town this weekend. She is awesome. Her advocacy for equality among all genders, races and socioeconomic classes is inspiring. She is 85 years old, brilliant, calm and quick-witted. When she greeted the audience at Nashville's War Memorial Auditorium, only to realize that her microphone wasn't working, she quipped without skipping a … Continue reading Ms. Steinem and the Cable Girl
Thank you to the Nashville Scene for featuring Buttercup's reflections on being a middle-aged mom in construction college with a bunch of men. Boys will be boys, but what happens when the blue humor in the workshop goes beyond the pale? Find out in this week's "Vodka Yonic" column.
What a delight it was to walk into the Building Construction Technology classroom at Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Nashville -- my alma mater where I spent 16 months with a herd of men -- to find the workshop filled with girls! Organized and led by the women of Turner Construction Company, the inaugural … Continue reading Introducing Girls Who Build!
With Halloween around the corner, I've been making ghosts. I started with some leftover beadboard and a jigsaw, making cartoon-spooky silhouettes that I spray-painted white and staked in the yard. My plan has been to "ghost" some friends for the holiday, by staking ghostly placards in their yards anonymously, but I haven't got around to it … Continue reading Spooky Things I Saw in the Workshop
In construction school, as in many other aspects of life, I find that it is better to be doing something—no matter how seemingly futile—than to be doing nothing. Doing something usually leads to something else, whereas doing nothing leads nowhere. When it comes to the workshop at school, if I'm not building something, I feel anxious. … Continue reading Busy as Bees
When we were talking about torque wrenches in plumbing class today, I must have had a blank look on my face that betrayed my total lack of familiarity with the topic, because something prompted our instructor to ask if I had ever changed a tire. I had to confess that I had not. And with … Continue reading No More Tired Excuses
This week, I attended an overnight retreat with some 40 student government presidents from Tennessee universities, community colleges and colleges of applied technology, hosted by the Tennessee Board of Regents. No, I am not the SGA president at TCAT Nashville, but our school's rep got called up to the Navy before the retreat, so the … Continue reading This One Time at Student Government Camp
Governor Bill Haslam announced this week that Tennessee leads the nation in number of students filing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The FAFSA is the form students fill out for college financial aid, and Tennessee is really promoting scholarship applications through its Drive to 55 initiative, which aims to have 55 percent … Continue reading Money, Money, Money