Kate Drabinski

Columnist Field Tripping

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  • Field Tripping: Menstruating

    Field Tripping: Menstruating

    I've been menstruating for almost 30 years now. I got my first period at my cousin Rachel's wedding in August 1987. I was really excited for the big day because Rachel was my oldest, fanciest, prettiest cousin, and she was marrying like, the cutest guy I'd ever seen. They were so beautiful, and...

  • Field Tripping: Coal Mining

    Field Tripping: Coal Mining

    Big field trip news this week: I got to go to Scranton, Pa. and learn all about coal. It was amazing and I can't wait to go back. Central Pennsylvania is the world capitol of anthracite coal. Before this trip I thought there was just "coal" and "things that steal jobs from coal." Turns out there...

  • Field Tripping: Harriet Tubman National Historical Parking

    Field Tripping: Harriet Tubman National Historical Parking

    A couple summers ago I took a week to drive the 125 miles of the Harriet Tubman Byway along the Eastern Shore, a pilgrimage in honor of one of the most bad ass women in human history. I brought my bike and used it to visit every marked historic site along the way, taking notes not only about what...

  • Field Tripping: Work Tripping

    Field Tripping: Work Tripping

    I'm writing this from a giant bed in a giant room at the Inn Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center where I am ensconced for a couple of nights to attend the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP), sponsored by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER)....

  • Field Tripping: Boner Killing

    Field Tripping: Boner Killing

    It’s the sex issue, and I want to write a column to stay on theme and everything, but I have to say, the Trump administration is a serious boner killer. Nothing kills the mood—for me, anyway—like a guy with absolutely no experience getting an easy nod for HUD Secretary or a plagiarizer who had...

  • Iconic Baltimore gay bar The Eagle is finally back—and revamped

    Iconic Baltimore gay bar The Eagle is finally back—and revamped

    The Baltimore Eagle has finally landed in Station North. The waiting has been palpable, at least for the queer folks who have watched their bars and clubs close one by one as assimilation and capitalism do their ugly work. When construction delays and a shake up on the liquor board put the Eagle's...

  • Field Tripping: Marching

    Field Tripping: Marching

    As soon as I saw the call going out across my social media for a Women's March on Washington in the wake of the election of Donald Trump, I knew I didn't want to go, and that I had to go. I've been going to marches and rallies for as long as I can remember—toted down to the Capitol Building in...

  • Field Tripping: Resolutioning

    Field Tripping: Resolutioning

    It's a new year, and that of course means a new you, right? Looks like I'm going to be stuck with the same old me, unfortunately, but this past month of field trips has got me thinking about resolutions for 2017. My first December field trip took me to New Orleans to visit old haunts from my time...