Two Books in Two Months

It's amazing how a sabbatical from my community college teaching and service duties spurs writing production. I meant to write one book, but I ended up writing TWO -- in TWO MONTHS. The online memoir writing class that I was taking through Ed2Go started August 20. Meanwhile, I started writing Scaffolds: A Childhood Memoir of Books … Continue reading Two Books in Two Months


9: The How, Not the What, of Assigned Books

Recently, I said to my sister Wendy, “I should teach a Shakespeare class.” “I thought you already did.” “Nah – the closest was when I was student teaching MacBeth to high school seniors. I spent most of that unit acting out the scenes because they couldn’t get Shakespeare’s language.” I started pantomiming Lady MacBeth’s madness … Continue reading 9: The How, Not the What, of Assigned Books

A Couple of Professional Milestones

Way back when, May 1999, I was at a crossroads in my new teaching career. Just less than a year earlier, in August 1998, I had quit my dead-end corporate job and, living off of student loans, I began my full-time teacher certification program. I remember that first day as a full-time student, sitting in a student center's basement-level … Continue reading A Couple of Professional Milestones

Flannery O’Connor Dissertation Finally Published

Once upon a time, after I earned my PhD in May 2006, I pursued getting my dissertation published with an academic press. I actually got a serious bite from a university press (one amongst dozens to whom I sent out the book proposal). But after nearly two years of non-followup-communication from that publisher (and after two years … Continue reading Flannery O’Connor Dissertation Finally Published

Reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux”

Note: I really ought to reread some Hawthorne short stories. If The Scarlet Letter was the only Hawthorne that you read (most likely forced to read in high school), you missed out -- his short stories are WAYYYY better than his novels, in my humble studentorial (is that even a word?) opinion.  Robin’s Initiation into … Continue reading Reading Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “My Kinsman, Major Molineux”