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
My dearest children: This letter is to all of you, whether I birthed you or not. It is a letter of love and of gratitude for being so special that you've come into my life to make me a better person. While there may have been times you thought I was a villain, it was only because I loved you enough to… Continue reading A Letter to My Children (My own and my students)
The other day I saw this statistic "over 770,000 new books will be released this year." (Don't remember where I read it though) These books are from authors who are well-known and those, who are like me, not so well-known. I asked myself this question, "Why do I write?" Why do I write if I am such a… Continue reading Why do we Write?
We all start out in the world, naked. A clean slate in which life dabs a pen and begins to write. It's a unique experience being a part of life's story. We all are in one big book that keeps going on and on. It doesn't stop when I die, it gets carried on in a sequel with my children… Continue reading A Journey with Life’s Pen.
This little poem was published in the Young Harris College's yearly publication (2010-2011) "Corn Creek Review." Hell I lived there once. It was pleasant, not too hot, not too cold. I lived there once. Finding my light turned to dark. Seeking nothing but green. Leading to nothing but black. I lived there once. With strangers… Continue reading “Hell”
I don't know if it's because of a full moon approaching or we're nearing the cosmic alignment with the center of the universe, but lately I've been having some weird dreams which involve, much to my horror, spiders, with an occasion cat thrown in just to mix it up. Seeing that I have been inducted by… Continue reading Cats and Spiders: History of Native American Totem Animals
As a Historian and Writer, I'm forever asking questions. Today is no exception. I was curious about this lover's holiday and wanted to know just how it got its start. Of course it didn't surprise me that it's roots go back to Late Antiquity. (Dr. Matthew Byron, our expert professor on Roman and Late Antiquity… Continue reading The History of Valentine’s Day