Category Resilience

Now What?

The sabbatical is over. Classes have begun. Midterm presentations are concluded. (They were fabulous!) Now what? Never fear, higher education is an ever-devouring mistress and I’ve signed on to a project to provide resources for colleagues tasked with the teaching of literature to peoples from Latin America and The Caribbean. The first resource categories that came to […]

Let’s Not Keep The Children Waiting

In honor of the coming semester, the first of May, a week of rain, I watched a documentary about Sir Nicholas Winton, the man who saved more than 600 children from Hitler’s Final Solution. It was truly breathtaking to see the ripple effects of his efforts across the generations. While it’s popular today to talk […]

Wouldn’t You Like To Know

Brené Brown asks good questions. She also makes a great case for empathy being a lever against shame and a bridge back to ourselves and one another (@Writing4RRR).  If, as she suggests: vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation… And, I’ve spent 20 years teaching and thinking about writing, what keeps me from writing about it? […]

And The Oscar Goes To…

Having been raised by Hollywood, I feel a certain sense of protectiveness about the pomp and pageantry of the Oscars. Earned academic regalia notwithstanding, no matter how many critics disembowel the industry (having been one such myself on more than several occasions), I owe Tinsel Town a great debt and would have hosted yet another […]

And The Winner Is….

If you ask Peyton Manning, he’ll tell you outright, there’s no joy in coming in second place. Fortunately, education involves a different kind of contest – one against the self. My parents raised me to compete against myself – to compare today’s performance against yesterday’s and in anticipation of tomorrow’s, and that’s the message I […]

Daring To Hope Out Loud

I spent time with some wonderful teachers at Valley High School this afternoon. I was invited to share some of what I do to get students writing and ended up putting some of my favorite resources together on a website – In the process of course, I discovered a few new resources. One of […]

My Testimony

I fill up thinking about the journey. The view from the other side is unspeakable yet I attempt to say here my heart’s desire for each and every life-long learner – you can do this. Each test is only a toll, each challenge can be turned into another rung on the ladder to success. There […]