About ZigZagLife

I’ve renamed my blog ZigZagLife. Isn’t that what we do most days – move from one domain to another? There are through lines, but most of zig and zag as we make them. All of it’s important and all of its life.

My name is  Mimi Chapman. I’m a  Professor in the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’m a mom, a daughter, a spouse, a friend, a traveler, a reader, and a writer. I started this blog on a whim while traveling to China for work.  Now it has become a place for me to process my thinking on current affairs, academic life, family relationships, and everything in between.  As someone who, like the writer Parker Palmer, strives to avoid a divided life,  I look for places where the personal and professional intersect and influence each other. I zig and zag through busy days and, as such, I write about anything and everything. I might zig from current family challenges to current events; from a great book, to a great teaching experience.  I invite you to join me on this zigzag journey. I welcome your thoughts.  All views are my own.

Follow me on twitter at @MimiVChapman and you can follow my dog at @GoodDogBear. (He is always up to something fun.)

Find out more about my research here.


Faculty bio page

P.S. The previous iteration of the blog, entitled Intersections, is I’on a list of top 50 social work blogs!



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