Monica’s Musings

Open Letter to UNF Writing Center Head

Dear Director of Writing and Assessment, UNF, I should have no reason to introduce myself, having worked for you as part of the University of North Florida Writing Center’s faculty for over five years. However, considering your reasoning for my recent dismissal, it’s quite clear that you have no idea who I am. In fact,…


Charlottesville Racists Were Violent, Not “Many Sides”: Monica DePaul’s official statement

Charlottesville seal

Outright, I reject everything that Nazis, Klan members, white supremacists, and racists who insist they aren’t racist but really are stand for. The mob that descended upon Charlottesville and attacked peaceful counter-protestors represents a vile stain on American culture that has only spread thanks to the rhetoric of Donald Trump and the so-called “alt-right.” President…


Trump vs Frieza: Is America the Next Namek?

Frieza is the chilling villain of a long story arc of Dragon Ball Z. Frieza runs a real estate empire that he inherited from his father, King Cold.  He sends his cronies, members of various alien races who have submitted to him, to subjugate or exterminate native people from planets across the galaxy. Frieza considers…


Jacksonville Women’s March Review

On January 21, 2017, I joined the Women’s March on Jacksonville, a sister march to the main Women’s March on Washington. Since Jacksonville is traditionally considered to be a conservative city, the organizers expected around 50-100 people. They got far more.                         The event…


A Fan’s Nintendo Switch Reaction

Nintendo Switch

Previously, I wasn’t planning on getting a Nintendo Switch, at least not at launch, but Nintendo’s live presentation the night of January 13 changed my mind. I have played Nintendo ever since I was five years old when my parents picked up a used NES for my brother and me from a kid on our…


Healthcare Nowhere — Death of an Adjunct #2

Trump Obamacare Tweet

At one time, this profession was a ticket to the upper middle class with all the benefits it entails, including great healthcare coverage. However, that is simply not the case anymore, as colleges move more and more to hiring adjunct instructors with greatly reduced pay and no benefits. Because the University of North Florida (UNF)…


Ghost-Girl, Jetpack and Donald Trump: Monica’s Dream Journal #1

My final dream of 2016 was a long and bizarre one involving a ghost-girl and Donald Trump. Most of my dreams are Bizarre, but this one was especially strange. Firstly, I had a jetpack throughout the entire dream as well as a partial armor suit that was some kind of cross between Iron Man, Boba…


DNC Day 0: Wherein Monica Is Hypoglycemic and Sleep-Deprived

After waking up at 3 AM (and falling asleep at 1), my buddy brought me to Jacksonville international airport where TSA was very professional and courteous despite my gender “anomaly” setting off the full body scanner. Leaving at the ass crack of dawn, I set off on the first two plane rides I can actually…


Debbie <3 Donald: When Fear Trumps Policy

Donald Trump and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz

“…the only thing we have to fear is fear itself—nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror…” I am curious as to what Franklin Delano Roosevelt would think of what his political party has become in 2016. A while ago, I attended a required meeting of Florida Democratic delegates in Orlando (I represent Bernie Sanders for Florida’s 4th Congressional…


Advantages that Won Me an Election

Monica DePaul with a sign in front of Lisa King's tent

My life is an anomaly. No, this is not yet another blog post about being transgender—that’s practically normal after the fallout from North Carolina’s HB2. I mean that the circumstances of my life make no logical sense. For instance, I won an election this past Saturday, becoming an official pledged delegate for Bernie Sanders’ presidential…


Monica Paige DePaul

Monica Paige DePaul