Sacrificing Our Sacred Cows: Rethinking the Literary Canon in Secondary English

      In my class, I refer to literature in two categories: Real Lit and Junk Lit. Real Lit means texts that you need to unpack, that have layers, that speak to the human condition. Junk Lit is mostly comprised of those free titles on the Amazon e-books list—you read them fast, but never …

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Thoughts on Using Social Media As a Platform for Change

     Some argue that posting ideology to social media is pointless; people are too entrenched in their own thinking for it to make a difference. And that's probably true for the most part. However, I believe that I am a product of the power of one's voice on social media platforms.      I …

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The Beauty of Complexity

In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard's Pulitzer Prize winning book (1975), she writes the following: The point of the dragonfly's terrible lip, the giant water bug, birdsong, or the beautiful dazzle and flash of sunlighted minnows, is not that it all fits together like clockwork--for it doesn't ....--but that it all flows so freely wild, …

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10 Years Ago Today: “loos’d of limits and imaginary lines”

*Follow this journey on my former (now inactive) blog: Europe 2010 My memory is hazy since my departure for Europe ten years ago (to the day). I can't remember all the sensations of saying goodbye to my parents at the airport, laden with my brand new North Face 60 liter backpack, stuffed to the breaking …

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From JNCO Jeans to Jesus: Musing on True Popularity

Sixth grade was a transitional year for me. I never really thought about style and appearances before that, but all the sudden looks mattered. That year in particular stood out to me because, wanting to appease one crowd, I began the year dressed in JNCO jeans (if you don't remember those, they were like denim …

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“Advent”: A Poem

Advent We hold on to our demise-- what things we hold on to! Lamp-posts line cold streets: lightless, lifeless, leafless poking about in irrelevance. Rosy cheeks cross rosy streets, a subtle blush sponged upon the winter droll; everything is fine. “Say it enough, and it's yours if you just believe,” thumped from a television set, …

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