I don’t know how to talk about Charleston, so I come to this discussion with a list of books, and an open-heart.

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver In some ways, we all share the same history. Histories are… More I don’t know how to talk about Charleston, so I come to this discussion with a list of books, and an open-heart.

Mad Woman Wasting

“Don’t waste your love on somebody, who doesn’t value it.”  — Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet The question is: who determines what’s wasted? In one of my new favorite books, From the Land of The Moon, Milena Agus answers this question.  At first, I thought this was just a simple story of a typical (Sardinian) woman.… More Mad Woman Wasting

Favorite Poetry Exercises for Teenagers and Those Who Are Still Teens At Heart

Sometimes the only way to get a highschooler to like poetry is by showing them people who do it dramatically really well (slam poems) or Tupac, who put poems to music, or for that matter, any lyrical, or rap artist, arguably any musician (except maybe Ke$ha).  That’s not always the way I do it.  All… More Favorite Poetry Exercises for Teenagers and Those Who Are Still Teens At Heart

Why Write in a “Preachy Tone” When You Could Just Write A Memoir?

“What, I wonder, are the social consequences of life in a country that has no use for history?” (Cole 97). Anytime we read something my students have questions.  Yesterday, they questioned me about the reason they can’t stand up and yell something in class because of the first amendment that we had just gone over.… More Why Write in a “Preachy Tone” When You Could Just Write A Memoir?

“What We Have In Common Are The Words At Our Backs”

I wonder how my grandmothers took their tea. I wonder what women influenced them to have strength.  I actually wondered this one today when I put a temporary tattoo on my mother’s wrist.  It was a blue bird with a banner that said “strength” in bold black letters.  There was a station at my nephew’s… More “What We Have In Common Are The Words At Our Backs”

“Lincoln was always scribbling notes and putting them into his hat.” – Maira Kalman

* I can’t say the grammar in this is at its finest.  I am exhausted.  I had to let out some word beauty though, my sweet outlet. It’s an election year. It’s a love letter to democracy (democrazy).  It’s a story about men and their hats, or the tallness that sits upon their heads.  It… More “Lincoln was always scribbling notes and putting them into his hat.” – Maira Kalman

Newsday Tuesday

Favorite Tweets: Read bottom to top: Read normally: Favorite Search Terms: bowel movements in history: if someone hasn’t written this book, they should.  I will review it with honor. ihop receipt: I just thought that this was interesting.  I must know the story of this googling.  If you are out there anonymous googler, please email.… More Newsday Tuesday