As any writer knows, its finishing that last sentence of the story which is the trophy of any writing. When writing a series, books can be spaced apart as many as three years, and it can be difficult remembering certain points or plots which you constructed in a previous book. So how do you finish… Continue reading Finishing Strong in a YA Fantasy Series (Concluding book two “The Mirror Sliver.”)
Has anyone else noticed this? This summer is not like any other summer. It's been unusually rainy and cool up here in the Georgia Mountains. When we camped out the week of July 4th, it rained everyday. NO SUN! Except in spurts. Needless to say it's taken me about a week to wash all the… Continue reading What is up with this Summer’s weather?
I love Italians. They certainly know how to throw a Wedding Rehearsal Dinner party. Working at the Vineyard part-time, I've come to be involved in the summer time events, especially the weddings and rehearsal dinners. Last night we held a rehearsal dinner get-together for about 96 people, half of them Italians. I think what really stuck with me… Continue reading The Big Fat Italian Rehearsal Dinner: Reflections of a Part-Time Bartender
Some days my dog Lucky just seems to act like he's human. Recently he's developed this thing for warm laundry. The minute I set it on the bed, fresh from the dryer, he high-tails it downstairs and plunges nose first into the warm, soft confines of the material. All you see is a tail wagging… Continue reading Lucky’s Post: A dog’s passion for warm laundry.
Well this last semester of undergraduate work is winding down. I have less than two weeks of student teaching left and I find that I have to admit - I am going to miss the kids. I've enjoyed being with these ninth graders from Union County High School, and they've taught me a great deal of what it means… Continue reading The End! Or is it?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4-hEfqpxIg Many people know that I am a Kurt Vonnegut fan. I loved "Slaughterhouse Five," which is based partly on his experiences as a POW in WWII. Not many people though are familiar with his short story "Harrison Bergeron." Written in a time before our school systems became an equal results playing field, I thought… Continue reading Equal Opportunity versus Equal Results
We should never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was "legal" and everything the Hungarian freedom fighters did in Hungary was "illegal." Martin Luther King (1929-1968) "Letter from Birmingham City Jail," 16 April 1963. Every day in our 9th grade Civics class that I am student teaching in, we put a quote up on the… Continue reading Things from My Student Teaching Experience: Martin Luther King Quotes
Religious Diversity When considering the question of religious diversity, there is a current underlying theme of dissension and contradiction. First, exclusivists define themselves and their religion as the one and true path to salvation. They hold a belief that there is only one correct path to liberation and found in only one religion, usually… Continue reading An Essay on Religious Diversity: Three Philosophical Themes Exposed