Three Things … (Because There Are Always Three)

So … let me begin by saying “hello.” If you’re reading this it’s most likely because you:

  • Are a huge fan of Women and Words and pop over to the site religiously to read the musings of their talented stable of writers;
  • Know who I am and are being supportive because you’re cool like that;
  • Are being paid by my mother (in which case, make sure she gives you cash and not a check. I’m not saying she’s untrustworthy, but …).

Regardless of why you’re here, thank you. I hope you come back every second Tuesday of the month to see what new (and likely irreverent) musing I have on life. For those of you who know me, none of what follows will come as a surprise. For those of you who don’t, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Sandra Moran. I am an author whose day job is teaching anthropology at a college here in Kansas City. Though I live in an urban area, that hasn’t always been the case. Far from it, in fact. I grew up in a very small, very rural town in the middle of the Kansas prairie. I was lucky enough to be one of those last generations of kids who had the delicious freedom of riding my banana seat bike all over the place, catching lightening bugs on humid summer nights, and spending afternoons watching the clouds slide across the expanse of a pale Kansas sky. I knew early on I wanted to be either an archaeologist or a writer. Turns out, I did both. I got my undergraduate degree in newspaper journalism and worked for a couple of newspapers and a magazine before jumping to the other side of the desk and working as a political speech writer. Politics was exciting – especially when there were big political issues in the Statehouse. But I wasn’t happy. I couldn’t shake the feeling that I had somehow missed out on a very vital part of myself by not pursing anthropology. So, I did what any normal person would do – I quit my job. Yes, I quit my well-paying job to go back to graduate school to study archaeology – after which I worked a series of odd jobs that included being an archaeological tour manager, a wine salesperson, and briefly, a hand model. (Yes. Seriously. I apparently had “every shopper’s hands.” I’m still not sure if that was a compliment.) Eventually, though, I found my calling as an educator. I love teaching. The interaction with the students is so much fun. I learn as much from them as I hope they do from me. Let me reiterate:  I love teaching. But I still couldn’t shake that whole “writing thing.” So, four years ago, I turned my “every shopper’s hands” to writing and I haven’t looked back. My third novel will be out in April. So, by now you’re thinking … okay, this is truly fascinating, but what does this have to do with the blog title? Well, the answer is that you know me now. Well, sort of. And anyone who knows me knows that I have a tendency to start conversations with: “Okay, so three things – because there are always three.” It’s something that I learned in Journalism School and that I never forgot – that being that “stuff” (technical term) just seems to flow better in threes. And that’s why I have decided that the theme (and ongoing title) of my blog will be “Three Things … (Because There Are Always Three). Generally, I anticipate writing about the (seemingly) randomness of life. That will likely include what I’m obsessed with at the moment, some concept that I think is interesting, or just some general observations that feed into the larger whole of … life. That’s what you have to look forward to. Or not. Regardless, thanks for allowing me to introduce myself, for hopefully coming back next month and most importantly, for welcoming me to the Women and Words family. I’m honored to be here.

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32 thoughts on “Three Things … (Because There Are Always Three)

  1. I’m reading this because of two of the three reasons you mention at the start (she said the check’s in the post – should I be worried?). Anyway, I look forward to your ramblings – sorry, insightful comments – in future blogs. One question though – will there be pie charts?

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  2. Calendar marked second Tuesday of each month. I’m going to have to rethink my whole ‘I’m not stalking Sandra Moran’ position! Seriously, I will look forward to it.

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    1. You would be so totally bored stalking me. And you’d have to take up running, biking and swimming (I’ve decided to do triathlons). The good thing about that, though, is that it expands my DBAP range.

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      1. Heck yeah to the running and swimming but nay on the biking-I live in NYC and it’s way too dangerous! DBAP in NYC….now there is a concept! Do let us know when you are in town, we promise to behave nicely.

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  3. Oh definitely check out Nudge and the Addendum, coming from a reader and not the author no yet! A twisy-turny book that will keep you thinking while reading! Welcome again, Sandra!

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      1. Nooooooo (said as an anguished wail.) I don’t get to go, but I will be in Alexandria to graduate from the Writer’s Academy in 2016. By the Way, I took a zillion photos in Portland and had some good ones of you, did I ever send them to you? (Now that you probably have a different haircut…)

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  4. I am a reading because I am a Sandra Moran Stalker. It is a three (because there are always three) word title I am quite proud of. She’s a great writer, I love reading what she writes. She wears cool scarves.
    Wendy

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  5. Well I have heard of you and sorry to say I haven’t read any of your books yet..but I’ll make a point of checking them out..I’m new to this blog so I’m not sure I feel like I should be welcoming you to it….but welcome!! all the same…will be looking forward to your ramblings, insightful thoughts, random thoughts..whatever they maybe…I am a reader first and foremost and an inspiring writer who can always appreciate a good read into someone else’s brain as well as the creative ramblings of someone other than myself.

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    1. Hey Rhonda! Welcome to us both, then.We can be newbies together! And as for having heard of me … it’s probably not true. I wasn’t even there that day. I was home watching TV. I look forward to getting to know you.

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  6. It is great that you have joined the wonderful writers here at Women & Words. Looks like some entertaining blogs from you are in our future..
    Yes, I am here because of 1.) I do read W & W religiously, 2.) I have enjoyed your FB posts and like to be supportive of all the wonderful writers who bring us such joy with their writing, and 3.) I was wondering what happened to the check from your mother….I’ll have to go back and ask for that cash thing….

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  7. All Hail The Queen of Randomness! I trust we can look forward to pictures of your stylish running gear and handsome cat?

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  8. 1.Enjoyable reading, as always. 2. I will admit out loud that I had to Google the difference between archaeology and anthropology. 3. I studied chemistry so I could Latin it out but I didn’t feel any smarter about it. Repeat 1. Welcome aboard. 🙂

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  9. Well, new to Sandra Moran, but this looks promising for entertainment, enlightenment and endlessly-funny … because it is always three things … except when it is only two!

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