I had a chat with The Boss today about my plans moving forward. He suggested I go on leave of absence instead of something more drastic. Out of deference, I agreed. For all intents and purposes, though, I am going to treat it the same way. The longer I reflect on it, there is no way I can stay on at Ateneo under the current setup.
After my chat with The Boss, I ran the first MOOC meetup for The Art of Poetry. As expected, very few people showed up, but I was very grateful to those that did. From my invite to the Young Davao Writers mailing list, I got three people. I roped in R–, my programming student from first semester. My former student and friend K– was there, as was his girlfriend. And, of course, Aida Rivera-Ford.