Today, Even I Was (A Little) Surprised

Some days, I think I'm so jaded and cynical that absolutely nothing will surprise me. Today was not that day.   This morning, my NPR news feed informed me that Paige Patterson had been replaced as president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, due to allegations of gross mishandling of situations of domestic violence and rape. … Continue reading Today, Even I Was (A Little) Surprised


The Pledge of Allegiance should remain part of the American experience, but it should revert to the officially recognized 1942 version.  The pledge creates an opportunity to affirm all of the best things about the United States.  The 1942 format served that purpose perfectly for many years.  The addition of the phrase “under God” renders … Continue reading Indivisible

Writers as Entrepreneurs

Abstract This report outlines research done to determine the scope and impact of the changing employment outlook for writers and journalists.  The research conducted revealed that it has become increasingly rare for writers and journalists to find full-time employment with a single employer.  Included is a proposed solution to better equip current writers and better … Continue reading Writers as Entrepreneurs

Surveillance is Not Security

This article was written in April of 2017. Another student is dead.  In San Bernardino, CA, the parents of Jonathan Martinez are still grieving the loss of their child, the most recent victim of school shootings.  Other parents and school counselors will have explained to a special needs classroom why their teacher, Karen Smith, will … Continue reading Surveillance is Not Security

How (Not) to Make an Impression

English 112 was supposed to be an easy A for me. I’ve tutored students through English 112, for goodness sakes.  Babies. Children. Humans half my age and with none of my experience. So, naturally, English 112 has been kicking my wordcrafting booty in the best sort of way.  I might even share my “impeccably researched” … Continue reading How (Not) to Make an Impression

The L.M.Montgomery Method of Friend Sorting

Everyone needs a wonderful variety of friends.  Let L.M. Montgomery help you. Start by asking, "Anne or Emily?" Sort friends according to the responses to ensure that you have an adequate collection. "Hunh?" Okay, so you're going to need to elaborate.  "Anne of Green Gables or Emily of New Moon?" "Hunh?" Alright, here's a friend … Continue reading The L.M.Montgomery Method of Friend Sorting

Nassar, Denhollander, and the Rest of the Story

"And that's . . . the REST of the story . . . " Remember Paul Harvey?  He would tell us some remarkable story, and then he would tell us the REST of the story.  The part we didn't know. The part that actually mattered most. I had a rest-of-the-story moment last week.  Like everyone, … Continue reading Nassar, Denhollander, and the Rest of the Story

Custodians of Knowledge

This is an old post about one of my very favorite lesson plans that I used during my stint as a homeschool enrichment tutor.  It's about Shakespeare and hip hop. Somewhere along the line, I was introduced to a TEDTalk in which Shakespeare is compared to hip hop.  (I wish I could remember which brilliant … Continue reading Custodians of Knowledge