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When I Remember what Shakespeare is Good for…

Some of my students are going to meet up with Shakespeare in a few days.  They’re going to whine about. They’re going to resist. They’re going to say something along the lines of “I just don’t GET it.” Or, “It’s so hard!!!.” Or, my absolute favorite: “Shakespeare and his King James English has no relevance … Continue reading

Humor / Poetry / The English Teacher / The Social Network

Firestorms

Have you noticed that the broad spectrum banally labeled ‘social media’ grows rife with boldly claimed opinions masquerading as “urgent news”?? Don’t misunderstand, please. I tweet. I’m on Facebook. I get most of my new recipes from Pinterest. I use the interwebs, even though I barely grasp the complexities of the technological wonder. But I still … Continue reading

Faith & Truth / On Reading / Poetry / The English Teacher / The Social Network

“You Can’t Handle the Truth!!!”

Truth. Such a big word, isn’t it? We claim it, clamor after it, say we deserve it. Mark Twain told us that truth is “stranger than fiction,” Shakespeare pointed out that “Truth is truth to the end of reckoning.” Truth is all tied up in morality and philosophy and the future and the past and sometimes … Continue reading