Words Matter: A Lesson from Mark Twain

"Yes, I want to tour the Mark Twain House," I reaffirmed, for the second time, to my husbands questioning stare, when he asked how I wanted to spend my birthday. The Mark Twain House is about a 30 minute drive from me, yet I've never been there.  This past year, I picked up American Literature,... Continue Reading →

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UM: If Walls Could Talk

Born to two teenagers, the first place of my life was in a small, duplex rent on Victory Drive (which is now the fringe of the ghetto in New Haven); I have no recollections of this home, as we fled before I turned two, but my associations of it are fear and a sense of... Continue Reading →

UM: Sunshine

I touched my cheek to hers to feel the softness of her skin just the way I had so many dozens of times since her birth, nearly two weeks ago. Heat radiated from her young flesh. It was too warm for her little body. I knew.                 We drove through the dark of night. “Don’t... Continue Reading →

UM: Playgroup

I picked up Tom Perotta’s book Little Children, and, while I loved the book (strictly from a fantasy perspective), I was disappointed by the turn it took. I identified with that playgroup. I lived it, especially the part where the main character forgets her child’s snack, and she becomes the worst mother in playgroup, the... Continue Reading →

Unsatisfying Ending

There is nothing more frustrating than reading a book you are so completely mesmerized by-- appreciating the writing, captured by the story, intrigued by the characters-- only for that heart sinking, pit-in-your-stomach, ready-to-lash-out feeling you get only when you feel cheated by the ending. Reading a book is a personal investment one makes. It's a... Continue Reading →

TOP 100*****

The following are lists of my TOP 100 movies and novels (not in any particular order). The greatest difficulty in composing these lists was in choosing which films to eliminate in order to keep each list at 100. I love everything about watching films and reading books. I teach both film and literature, so, for me, the... Continue Reading →

Pedagogical Epiphany: A Collegial Conversation

"There have been many measures taken to try to turn the educational system towards more control, more indoctrination, more vocational training, imposing a debt, which traps students and young people into a life of conformity… That’s the exact opposite of [what] traditionally comes out of The Enlightenment. And there’s a constant struggle between those. In... Continue Reading →

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