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
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
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
There are a million and one things I could (and will, in an upcoming series) say about college tours. Let me start with this simple truth: What you see on your college tour is likely as good as it gets. Let me say first --no, I don't think that most colleges are deliberately and routinely … Continue reading College Tours: As Good As It Gets
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
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
The subtitle for my blog -- as well as much of my writing -- is inspired by the lyrics of Birds, by The Collection . Their music is inspiring, and life-affirming, and has gone a long way to restore things like my love for music, my faith, and my will to live. You should really go … Continue reading What would help me keep my big mouth shut?