For a number of reasons (the largest of which are cost and ease), I have reconstructed my website using a new platform. I thought it might be a good time to reinvent my blog as well.
I have said time and again that I fall off the blogging wagon because either I don't know what to write or I don't feel like anyone is reading. (Let this be a reminder - if you are reading, comment once in awhile so I don't forget that!) My reinvention allows me to refocus. What I have discovered is this: much of what I have to say about the world around me, whether that be related to family, my dog, social issues, my job, poetry, dancing, or something else, it all comes back to education. I teach writing and literature. Mostly composition, but creative writing as well. And especially at the college level, writing is thinking. Writing is a way of processing ideas, communicating ideas, and prompting ideas. This is what I teach my students, and this is what I can practice here. My space to think. Lately it seems everything I think informs my teaching. If my students have this opportunity to think through writing, to learn more about the world around them and to participate in it, then that means I have to do the same so I can prompt them along.
Maybe this all just means that on this blog I'll write about whatever seems important to me at the moment. Maybe this isn't as terribly focused as I'd like to think it is. Regardless, here it is. My attempt to think about things that really matter through writing. I hope they make you think, too.
My old blog still exists, but I won't be posting on it anymore. I may attempt to transfer old posts here at some point, but for now... it stays where it is. Feel free to explore it's archives.
BA in English