Summer’s Promise: Reading Wrap-up 2015

Throughout the school year, I accumulate a pile of novels I want to read that I simply don’t have time for when I’m reading novels with students for, often, four courses simultaneously. I’m lucky if I eek out a reading-for-pleasure novel a quarter during the course of the school year. Each summer, I look forward... Continue Reading →


Listening to the MUSES

  Greek mythology tells of nine muses, the daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne: goddesses who inspire with their talents representing aspects of the arts and sciences. The dictionary definition includes a brief etymology of the word, but also offers more modern day interpretations.         Often, artists (painters, writers, musicians...) tell of the... Continue Reading →

Devil’s Teardrop Box: A Lesson from Before Women Had Wings

  Before Women Had Wings (1997),a novel written by Connie May Fowler, is one I end the year of American Literature with. Avocet, a.k.a. Bird, Jackson's narrative grips the reader before the end of page one. She's an innocent girl trying to understand life-- what's fair/ what isn't. She endures pain, often issued from her... Continue Reading →


[WHY] Is the LITERARY CANON Important?

The elusive canon that all of us literary types know exist but is difficult to define. Sure, there are lists of canonical literature while the contents vary dependent upon the source. Some classics, more than others, may find themselves on most lists. In truth, I believe the canon is and should be evolving. If the... Continue Reading →


The Art of a Woman

In honor of INTERNATIONAL WOMEN's DAY, March 8th, I've reflected on women whose words and deeds have inspired me. They've filled me with goals and dreams. They've altered my thinking and changed me, somehow. Their words have affected my words. This is my homage to them. Their WORDS... Images: Alcott, Louisa May. Angelou, Maya.... Continue Reading →


This Summer’s Promise

Each year while I'm reading, often, three books simultaneously for school and eking out a pleasureful read here and there,  I'm accumulating a pile of books for summer. A designated spot on my bookshelf marks the long awaited promise when I have the luxury of time to lose myself. Likewise, I have an ongoing list... Continue Reading →


A Window of Opportunity with The Great Gatsby Release

Amidst lots of hype, a delayed release, The Great Gatsby debuts, FINALLY. Besides being directed by one of my all time favorites, Baz Lurhmann, the cast is amazing: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire. I'm predicting, now, this will be Leo's ticket to Oscar, also long overdue. I've been teaching this novel to junior high... Continue Reading →


Why Wuthering Heights?

When someone asks me what my favorite novel is, the answer is always the same-- has been for the last twenty-seven years when I first read it in my British Literature class at college: Wuthering Heights. I must have read this novel twenty times since, never tiring of it, for it's one of the most... Continue Reading →


This Summer’s Promise

I rarely read for pleasure during the school year. Usually, I'm juggling, keeping ahead of my students re-reading (most often), three books concurrently. When I read my own selections during the school year, the books are most likely easy, all encompassing reads that I can't put down. When I pick up a book that really... Continue Reading →


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