One of the things I’ve repeatedly told my son, and my students, and people attending my meditations, and have probably said before in this blog, that when thinking about 2020, instead of focusing on what we can’t do, we should focus on what we can do. For me, one of the upsides of staying home … More The 12-ish Gifts of 2020: Books!
Are you a member of the website Goodreads, where readers share their opinions about books with each other? It is one of my “go-to” places when I’m looking for books, either for my own reading or for my classes. I find the hundreds or thousands of citizen reviews to be a reliable guide for whether … More I Completed My Yearly Reading Challenge
EVERYONE in our house loves books! Preface: The following are my personal reflections on how white bias becomes institutionalized in high school literature classes. I teach group literature classes to homeschool students, but have never taught in a conventional public or private school, so my perspective reflects that. Also, I earned a Masters degree in … More How White Bias Becomes Institutionalized in Literature Classes II: Part 2- Teacher Work Load
In the best news I’ve heard in quite a while, today that international treasure, J.K. Rowling, announced that she was going to release a new book she has written, a chapter or two at at time, every weekday starting today and running through July 10th. It is a children’s story called The Ickabog, and it … More A New J.K. Rowling Book? It’s Just What We Need During Coronavirus Time
The literature classes that I teach for middle and high school students ended this week, and Sunday is Mother’s Day. I decided to acknowledge these two occasions by staying in bed late this morning to finish reading a wonderful book, Circe by Madeline Miller. In The Odyssey, Circe, the so-called “witch of Aiaia,” is one … More Mother’s Day Reading: Circe by Madeline Miller