Unraveling This Life

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Posts from the “Writing” Category

Falling Faster Than You Can Run

Posted on January 16, 2017

Dear Speaker Ryan – Before your staff shuffles this letter into a pile reserved for “people who do not agree with you and also are not represented by you,” perhaps they might find a more special pile reserved for “people who graduated from college with you.” Surely that can’t be more than 4,000 of us, right? Back then, Miami University couldn’t really muster more than the state treasurer to come speak at commencement, so kudos for actually getting to be a commencement speaker. Don’t take it too personally that many of the graduates didn’t really care what you had to say. Did you really care what our commencement speaker had to say? Me, neither! Here’s the deal. Your recent appearances on the news are troubling…

Where It’s At

Posted on March 20, 2015

True story . . . I was looking for a sock pattern so I could figure out a heel that I wanted to replicate and came across a short story that I wrote years’ ago. And I just kinda feel like putting it out there since I like where it was going.  ******************************************************* Nobody ever comes in The Beauty Inside with an actual purpose. Fine, there may be the odd one who knows exactly what is needed and finds it using stealth like precision; otherwise, they will fall trap to the rest of the lures, like pretty colors or tantalizing scents or “helpful” sales associates. For most people, The Beauty Inside simply beckons and they walk through the doors like lambs to the slaughter.…

The Cutter

Posted on February 11, 2014

I couldn’t tell you the first time I used a computer. Maybe as a 9-year-old at my cousin’s house when we were playing artillery? It was on a cassette tape and you had to get the green blip aligned just so . . . maddening. Fast forward about 35 years. How I got to an educational conference is beyond me. Cassette tapes don’t exist for most people. Ask one of my students what they are, and chances are they won’t be able to tell you. But today? Using technology as an equalizer. Teaching kids SCRATCH. Utilizing MMOs in your class. What. The. Hell. Cassette tapes…might as well be speaking in Greek. The keynote speaker, Dean Shareski, left us with this thought: How often do…

Road To Nowhere

Posted on July 13, 2012

Believe it or not, my college degree is in writing. Granted, it’s in technical writing, which is all kinds of boring, but there were countless classes about how to write and what to write and everything writerly. I have to remind myself of that background occasionally during the school year when it seems like all I am doing is explaining what a verb is or why the prefix “in-” can both be a negative but also is an intensifier. “Best practice” says that teachers should model, model, model, so I try to write with my students and show them my process, but I’ll admit that it doesn’t go far enough. It’s hard to put it out there even for 12- and 13-year-olds. Enter Beverly’s…