Last week I argued with one of my students about 1984 and it’s ability to be entertaining. The student thought the book was extremely boring. Like, “Ms. WHY did you choose this book?” boring. “I read three pages and fell asleep,” boring. We had only made it to the end of part one, and I … More He Didn’t Even Get to the Good Part.
Though I am using a new laptop, I am figuratively dusting off my keyboard. It has been a while since my last post and though I am not yet ready to go into full detail as to why – check my memoir when i’m 65 – suffice it to say I had a rough early … More Second Chances
All 28 student have their heads on the desks. I post a statement. If you agree, thumbs up. Disagree, thumbs down. Statement: When I give my word to someone, I try to keep my word 100% of the time no matter who I’m dealing with. 18 thumbs up. 5 middle grounders. 5 thumbs down. … More Word is Bond
When I was young and impressionable one of my favorite movies was Clueless. And the scene where Cher argues that we ought not get rid of shows that use violence for entertainment because you can see it on the news anyway was something my father and I discussed while he paused the movie. What, he wondered, … More I’ll Admit It, The News Makes Me Cry
This is also for all of my fellow artists. It is difficult justifying waking up earlier than you used to in order to fit in a paragraph to read, a page to write, a vignette to edit when you’re still late to other engagements. It is difficult justifying spending a few bucks here and there on … More Claiming It – For My Fellow Writers
NOTE: Now, if you’re not familiar with the culture understand that Mother or Mother Dear or Madea is a common term for the matriarch of the family. And my great-grandmother was that to all of us, but she was a kindred spirit to me. Back in the day, way back when Black folks in Alabama … More Mother’s Tongue
Yesterday I watched Beauty and The Beast with my mother. We snuck in breakfast sandwiches and soda from McDonald’s – the cup was the hard part, just know that Mommy can walk very gracefully- and without the slightest bit of guilt she smiled at the other patrons and leaned over to me and said in … More Lessons From My Mother