It’s not my favorite

My students ask for my opinion on things, especially when I’m covering film and television in class. Sometimes it’s a litmus test to get to know me. Sometimes they want to hear if I’ve got an opinion so they feel free to share theirs. And… Read More

You’d listen to yourself if you were somebody else

Early on in the semester for my Introductory writing class, I like to bring in motivational and inspirational quotes from other disciplines. I’m looking for examples of strong writing that also offer an opportunity to segue into discussing the work of writing. For example, when… Read More

When the best words aren’t the right words

Dena and I have been having a lot of conversations with our daughter about Thankfulness because of the napkins on our kitchen table. Every napkin has a discussion prompt for people at the table, and this one is Sprout’s favorite: It’s her favorite because of… Read More

How am I not myself?

Ever since I started using streaming music services, I’ve wondered about how much of my listening choices have been shaped by the service. Am I really listening to what I want to, or have I been going with the algorithm’s flow, listening to minor variations… Read More

Other uses for seeds that don’t sprout

This morning, I watched a squirrel eating helicopter seeds off the ground. Look, when your mind latches on to an analogy, and the world around you seems to be prompting you, just run with it. The tree made the seeds to try and grow more… Read More