Scars = Survival

Scars = Survival

As I wrote my other post today, I was reminded of one of my many favorite quotes from a book. So, I went and found Little Bee by Chris Cleave to get the quote. In my last post I wrote about having a scar from being given a bad grade on a research paper in … Continue reading

When Does it Start? How does it End?

When Does it Start? How does it End?

Last summer after Mike Brown was shot, I did not write about it. After writing about Trayvon Martin here, here, and here (oh, and here), I felt guilty for not giving Mike Brown’s death words–my form of an offering–but I felt frozen.  I had watched the YouTube video of Eric Garner (which is beyond horrible, … Continue reading

I Am Forty, Like Janie

I Am Forty, Like Janie

There are certain books I go back to time and time again for rereading. A few are: The Catcher in the Rye, The Great Gatsby, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Year of the Flood, The Gold Cell. They each imprinted on me when I first read them, and I can’t let them go. Each … Continue reading

In My Tribe

In My Tribe

“In my tribe” is an expression I use quite frequently. I use it to describe my friends/colleagues/acquaintances/writers/educators with whom I share a common bond. Of course, any public school teacher is automatically in my tribe. My students are in my tribe. Educators who work for social justice are in my tribe. Folks who like to … Continue reading

Tween/Teen Boy Summer Reading

Tween/Teen Boy Summer Reading

My dear friend Lori (who humbly took on the moniker “the other Lori” when I met her my second year of doctoral work and her first year, thus making me just “Lori”), messaged me the other night that her 13 year old nephew was staying with her for the summer and she was trying to … Continue reading

A Time to Fail

A Time to Fail

This spring semester was my first experience teaching graduating seniors at community college. Two of my amazing colleagues and I taught a Liberal Arts Capstone class called:  The Social Construction of an Apocalypse, Infectious Disease, & Literary Dystopias: The Rise of (Zombie) Terror in the 21st Century and it was awesome. Well, it was awesome … Continue reading