A Thanksgiving Resolution

Ah, Thanksgiving. My favorite holiday has many reasons to recommend itself: Naps are encouraged and even expected. Mashed potatoes. The Snoopy float in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Pumpkin pie. Anyone can express the sentiment of the occasion without fear of offending or excluding anyone else. Leftover mashed potatoes. And leftover pumpkin pie. Gratitude, shared…

Writing 101: Join Me For a Virtual Coffee Date?

Today’s Writing 101 assignment asked me to write an update post in the form of a “virtual coffee date,” you know, like catching up with a friend over a hot drink. Join me for a cuppa?   If we were having coffee right now, I’d be asking questions more than I’d be answering yours. But I…

Writing 101: Eleanor Roosevelt Probably Rocked Zumba

If Mrs. Roosevelt is right, I am as agreeable as the day is long. I consent to feeling inferior every time I compare my pedagogy to another teacher’s; every time I compare my blog to one that’s more insightful, wittier, and more articulate; every time I compare myself to women who work full time, have…

Writing 101: Things I Like

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), during which aspiring authors work towards the goal of a 50,000-word novel. Who’s in? Not me. But I have enrolled in a Blogging U. course called Writing 101 with the goal of writing every day. Some days I will post my (unrevised, unedited) work and other days I will…

Mask Off: Boo, Humbug!

Now that another Halloween is behind us, I can take off my mask and proudly roar, “Boo Humbug!” I am a Halloween Scrooge. It’s not because October 31 encourages gluttony for a population whose children are experiencing an obesity epidemic and a rise in Type 2 diabetes due primarily to sugar intake, although I’d be dishonest…