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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

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

Tumbleweave

Tumbleweave

Amid the craziness that goes down in an inner city high school that I bore witness to, I developed a new vocabulary. Today I will introduce you to a word I thought I created: TUMBLEWEAVE. tumbleweave (noun): I will set the stage for you: After a girl fight in the hallway, hair weave is left … Continue reading

Writing Portfolios

Writing Portfolios

I got an iPhone the February of my last year teaching high school. I am one of those ridiculous people who has about 1500 photos on my iPhone, some from that time (2011!). Last Friday I was at my daughter’s camp performance and trying to make a video of her reluctantly walking on a tightrope … Continue reading

Accidents Happen

“Accidents happen,” everyone says, but that saying has a slightly different meaning when you are the accident. There are many people on this planet who have come into the world by the sheer force of genetic will. A random sperm and a ready-to-drop egg timed with a act of love or lust or stupidity (or … Continue reading