Know Thyself

I’m going to have my students do their version of this poem during the first two weeks of school. I can’t wait to read what they come up with!

MEtopia

In her book, Writing to Change the World, Mary Pipher has a chapter entitled, Know Thyself. In it she talks about how important it is for writers to know who they are and where they come from. She offers a short poem there called, “I Am From,” and suggests that her readers do the same. In an attempt to better understand where I come from and, hopefully, become a better writer, I have accepted that assignment. This was more difficult than I imagined it would be. There are a lot of things that make me who I am and choosing only a few of them was not easy. I guess that’s part of the point, though. Sometimes we view ourselves in a one-dimensional way and we forget that there is much more that makes us who we are than what we can see in a mirror. So, whether you’re an…

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Social Media Is Rotting My Brain (And, apparently I’m not going to stop it…)

(Before you recoil in shock, I DID NOT drop the F-bomb when I was talking about SnapChat. I said "look," not the other word. Calm down.) For a long time now I've convinced myself that I need social media. I need it to market myself as a freelance writer. I need it to help communicate with students … Continue reading Social Media Is Rotting My Brain (And, apparently I’m not going to stop it…)

Even Princes Panic

He is, officially, Prince Henry of Wales. Currently fifth in line to the British Throne; the youngest son of Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and Heir Apparent to the Crown, and the late Diana, Princess of Wales; grandson of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history. He is known … Continue reading Even Princes Panic

My Hometown #12: No Greater Love (Series Finale)

This piece, the last of the "My Hometown" series, was originally published in the May 4, 2017 edition of the Grand Saline Sun. For the second time in two years, our county has been rocked by the worst Mother Nature has to offer. At 4:30 Saturday afternoon, I was seated at my computer anxiously awaiting … Continue reading My Hometown #12: No Greater Love (Series Finale)

My Hometown #11: Shopping Local

This piece was first published in The Grand Saline Sun on April 27, 2017. Saturdays were made for kids when I was a kid. Saturdays began with Bugs Bunny & Friends, The Superfriends, and Cap’n Crunch Crunchberry cereal; and they ended with The Love Boat and Fantasy Island on our television which was still connected … Continue reading My Hometown #11: Shopping Local

O, Me. O, Life: Some Thoughts About Getting Back Into the Classroom

A year ago when I had to abruptly give up teaching due to the sudden onset of a terrible bout of anxiety and depression, I doubted that I would ever go back into a classroom again. Now that I'm feeling better, and am ready to get back to teaching, I've been doing a lot of … Continue reading O, Me. O, Life: Some Thoughts About Getting Back Into the Classroom

Life in Narrative #4: Vestal!

I sat in my car in the public parking lot across the street from the tiny brick building sandwiched between two much larger brick buildings on a Nashville side street nervously debating whether or not I would actually go in. I had never been in a bar before and I hadn't come to Nashville expecting … Continue reading Life in Narrative #4: Vestal!