Tolkien, Fairy Stories, and Sub-creation

I was first introduced to Tolkien's The Hobbit when I was a pre-teen. At that point I was not familiar with The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings trilogy (the movies had not yet premiered). I had the joy and privilege to experience this story with a blank slate, knowing nothing about the book besides the cover image. Thus I... Continue Reading →

An Open Letter to My Graduating Seniors

It's here. You've finally made it to the end. I'm proud of you. And I'm not saying I'm proud of you because every single moment of every class period you acted like perfect little angels (we all know that's not the truth). I'm saying it because...well...it's easy to say now that you're gone. Ha! Just... Continue Reading →

Self-Realization

Two things everybody’s got tuh do fuh theyselves. They got tuh go tuh God, and they got tuh find out about livin’ fuh theyselves. Zora Neale Hurston's character, Janie, said this at the end of Their Eyes Were Watching God. This next week is my last before receiving my third degree, this one in literature (the previous... Continue Reading →

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