In the margins

I used to be intrigued by the holy orders of the middle ages. 

Just think of how the monks spirited away religious books and scrolls, protecting them from invasion and destruction. Just think of the patience and talent as they huddled in seclusion to copy and illuminate precious manuscripts. Some got creative in their repetitive tedium to insert commentary and cartoon drawings. You might enjoy reading about them and other dedicated scribes in the book “The Story of Writing” by Donald Jackson. Read a review and commentary here.

Enter a modern-day, mature night-school student.

class notes doodle umbrella cat

Starting in 2018, I wrote notes diligently by hand, capturing the instructors’ experience and words of wisdom in addition to consuming their content-packed PowerPoint presentations. Some would instill us with their knowledge for longer than necessary – and with much repetition.

Hence the doodles to pass time while listening with one ear. Of course, most of my doodles involve cats.

class notes doodle cat

I feel like I’m in high school again but this time, being in the margins holds a different meaning.

I am a tail-end Boomer, an older IT worker in a world where employers prefer to hire younger workers and praise themselves publicly for it. My mature colleagues and friends are seeing shades of ageism. We will not be ignored and refuse to be discounted. Some of us are not ready to retire nor can we afford to.

If you wish to see more whimsical doodles in the margins, wander over to this web page.

Thanks for dropping by and not disturbing the kitteh.



About shewrite63

I am Theresa. I am a Mother, Grandmother and intermittent writer. I published a bittersweet novel in 2011 under the pen name of Florence T Lyon. I am also a real life survivor, community volunteer, Archives and Records Management graduate, and long-time IT support worker trying to keep up with technological changes. Can't eke a living off of my writing skills - yet!
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