Humor / On Writing / The English Teacher / Uncategorized

Friendly Competition

I was talking with a good friend recently, and the conversation veered into risky territory when he said, “I’m really enjoying writing.” Reasonable people would regard his statement as innocuous, right? Simply one friend sharing with another friend the intoxication of words used well. Now, since I ably masquerade as a ‘reasonable person’ from time … 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

Faith & Truth / Family Life / The English Teacher / Uncategorized

“Until then, we’ll have to muddle through somehow…”

Because I’m supposed to be grading papers, I’m finding all sorts of ways to avoid doing it. Thankfully, I have a hair appointment in just a little while, so why even try to get into the grading groove?  (My husband tells me I need ‘time management’ help. Yes. Yes, I do.) Because it’s December, I … Continue reading