Monica’s Musings

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…


Unemployed Summer – Death of an Adjunct #1

No job, no money, now what?

I have recently finished the last of my grading for the spring 2016 semester. The essays weren’t bad, all things considered, but I’m still drowning in anxiety for a different reason. Every summer term, I need to endure about eight weeks or so of having no income at all—hardly anyone signs up for freshman-level English…


Monica DePaul for FL Dist 4 Sanders Delegate

Monica

My name is Monica DePaul, and I am running for the position of pledged delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Committee’s convention this summer. I am asking you to join me at the IBEW Local 177 union hall on Saturday, May 7 to caucus for me in this great opportunity to represent Jacksonville…


Monica Paige DePaul

Monica Paige DePaul