5 Reasons Why You Should Be Reading The Classics

I have known plenty of people who feel that reading fiction novels, including the Classics, is a fruitless endeavor that will accomplish nothing. They feel that you cannot learn anything new from reading a work of fiction, so why should you bother? They feel that the only books worth reading are non-fiction and/or reference books.Our relationship is about 15 years strong...more

Food For Thought: Race & Inclusion on Campus

 Yesterday on NPR's The Forum on the Road with Michael Krasny, the topic of discussion was, "Race Relations on College Campuses." Serving on the panel for this much needed conversation were:...more

Pursue Growth and Learning

I remember a cartoon posted on the wall of one of my high school classrooms many moons ago....more

Is this critical thinking?

This blog post, titled “Thinking critically on critical thinking: why scientists’ skills need to spread” by Rachel Grieves, is a prime example of the misuse of the concept of critical thinking in education....more


*Note- this post was written in May 2014. :) ...more

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Ed-U-cate Yourself

A decade ago, I started down the path of getting a divorce. Not an easy process if you are raised a Catholic. Even as an adult, the strings of beliefs can hold you tight in a relationship that no longer serves you.I had many advantages, I had good health, children who did not display negative behaviour and caused no alarm with their strong academics, I had an education and a good position. But still I stayed.And I know there are many who do not have these benefits....more

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Mothers, Uniqueness, and Sexual Freedom

A feminist: a woman who burns her satin bras and eats men for breakfast. A feminist: a raging liberal that protests for her rights. A feminist: a person who believes in equality between the sexes. Each of these stereotypes filled my head as I headed towards my first day of “Women’s Literature.” Over the course of the semester —filled with reading a great deal of novels, poetry, and short stories— I have finally realized what being a feminist means. Each written work I am studying  continually teaches me about the stereotypical female and her role in society....more

The Burn in my Soul

For many years now, I've wanted to teach. I've known all along that I want to teach elementary aged kids. Specifically, I want to teach fourth grade. I started the process to gain teacher certification in Texas not long before I had the aneurysm but the total time for my full recovery combined with the fact that I lived in a house of hell, prevented me from acquiring it. ...more
I've never been in a physically abusive relationship but I know what it feels like to feel that ...more