Many years ago, Sharon Miller, National Writing Project Teacher-Consultant and nationally recognized author and educator in the teaching of writing, asked me to offer my thoughts on the power of revision in the genre of creative nonfiction and how, when we write with intent in the revision process and understand who our audience is, we … Continue reading Understanding and Embracing the Power of Revision
Dateline – Tuesday, 28 January 1986. 11:35 a.m. I’m upstairs in my bedroom, cramming the last of my new textbooks in my bag, grabbing a few extra pens and my journal, and checking my look in the mirror: clean-shaven, every single hair gelled in place, and wearing a white oxford with a blue Hugo Boss … Continue reading Challenger: 73 Seconds Define 30 Years
I've included some of my favorite photos that I've taken over the years; it's not that they are terribly relevant to the content of this post...I just think they capture my life over the last fifty years. So this is what 50 feels like. I have this urge to knock over a food display at … Continue reading Wandering to Fifty: My Secrets of Life
Looking for Sage Wisdom More than anything else, I remember his face, ripped with an ugly mash up of dull red stress and those deep lines of resigned anger in the corners of his eyes, along his forehead, and drawing down at the tips of his lips. He pushed his cart from one classroom to … Continue reading Why I Love Teaching (#LoveTeaching)
School resumes tomorrow. Earlier today, I could feel some anxiety rising--that feeling of stress and the fast pace that keeps you moving non-stop through six periods and 140+ students as you juggle and manage and direct and teach and coach and listen and-- So overwhelming, when you look at it like that. Isn't it? Heading … Continue reading You Aren’t Going Back. You Are Already There
It reached 77 degrees today, on this, the 24th of August. Blue sky, patchy white clouds, and the eerie absence of a Baltimore humidity that makes thousands of locals usually proclaim, “It’s not the heat; it’s the humidity.”In Baltimore, it’s been neither this summer; just one late-spring day after another. Heat waves have lasted hours, … Continue reading A Chill In August (Re)Ignites The Fire To Teach
This Summer, I will be teaching another graduate writing course at Towson University. The beauty of this course? It's online, and it's all about you. The Maryland Writing Project (MWP), which has been recognized as an exemplary site by the National Writing Project in Berkeley, CA, enters its 31st year providing writing instruction and its … Continue reading Are You Ready to Publish That Best Practice?