August 16, 2018

If Richard Peck holds a special place on the reading list of my life, then Aretha Franklin holds a place of prominence on the soundtrack of my heart. If you’ve never read the story of her life, I encourage you to do just that. You’ll see why her voice seemed to know it...

August 13, 2018

I’m cutting it close.

I want to take a minute to applaud Rick Riordan for knowing what he doesn’t know. I want to thank him for knowing that perhaps his voice isn’t the voice that should bring to the masses all of the mythologies of the world. Yesterday, I finished the...

August 11, 2018

Let’s talk about “Cancel Culture.” Let’s talk about it in relation to my reading habits, not society as a whole because that would be several dissertations and a docuseries. Cancel Culture is a parting of the ways or a dismissal of a person, place, or idea because he o...

August 6, 2018

Have you ever started writing without knowing what you were going to say? I usually have a topic in mind, but today I don’t have any ideas. I should say that I don’t have any ideas that I can quickly express, and I don’t want to linger for too long today.


When I starte...

August 4, 2018

I recently ran into a fellow English teacher. We started talking about the upcoming school year and she happened to mention that she’d decided not to teach Shakespeare to her 9th and 10th graders. Her reasons involve being culturally competent and the Western Canon not...

August 4, 2018

I recently ran into a fellow English teacher. We started talking about the upcoming school year and she happened to mention that she’d decided not to teach Shakespeare to her 9th and 10th graders. Her reasons involve being culturally competent and the Western Canon not...

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