This Summer, Spend Some Time With Your Nose in a Book

Well, here we are at the end of yet another school year! I can hardly believe that there are only three short weeks left when it seems like the first day was just yesterday. I'm so proud of all the things my students have accomplished this year. I've asked them to work very hard, and … Continue reading This Summer, Spend Some Time With Your Nose in a Book

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The Most Painful Words I’ve Ever Written: A Movie Review (Sorta)

Hello. My name is Jason Walker, and I've been a loyal and dedicated Star Wars fan since the age of 6 when I saw the original Star Wars movie (A New Hope) at the Chateau Theater in Irving, TX. What follows are the most difficult words I've ever spoken or typed. The level of pain … Continue reading The Most Painful Words I’ve Ever Written: A Movie Review (Sorta)

For the Victims

Another day. Another shooting. 17 more lives senselessly lost. 15 more lives wounded. Countless lives changed forever. Another day. Another endless casting call of politicians and pundits thumping their chests blaming this or that thing, or this or that person. Another day. Another Facebook filter..."Pray for [something new]." Another meme..."More people are killed by hammers....." … Continue reading For the Victims

Scarecrows, Skivvies, & Cemetery Sleepovers: 5 Weirdly Wonderful New Year’s Traditions from Around the World

Growing up in Texas meant that, every year, on New Year's Day, I ate black-eyed peas and cabbage with at least one meal. According to local lore, the peas bring good luck, and the cabbage brings prosperity or wealth in the new year. Not being one to temp fate, I always eat my peas and cabbage. Oh, … Continue reading Scarecrows, Skivvies, & Cemetery Sleepovers: 5 Weirdly Wonderful New Year’s Traditions from Around the World

Be It Resolved…

Well, here we are. In just a few more hours, we will see 2017 out, and welcome 2018. New Year's Eve seems to always bring out the philosophical and spiritual sides of most of us, and I guess I'm no different. I don't make New Year's Resolutions. I stopped doing that years ago when I … Continue reading Be It Resolved…

A Christmas Miracle

Okay, can y'all tell that I really do like to cook? When school is on break, and I don't have to worry about grading papers, writing lesson plans, or calling parents, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking--and I love it! It is therapy for me!! I grew up eating good ole … Continue reading A Christmas Miracle

Shortbread Cookies with Mulled Spice Icing

I love it when a plan comes together! After simmering my mulling spices with orange peel for about six hours, I strained the spices from the syrup and let the syrup cool. Then, I put what little culinary creativity I have to work. With much ado, I made some shortbread dough--the initial product was so … Continue reading Shortbread Cookies with Mulled Spice Icing