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July 6, 2017

My father always told me it did not matter where we buried him because his soul would be in heaven. Then a few years ago, he told me he wanted to be buried in Titusville, his home town, in the family plot where his mother and father are both buried.

The call of home mus...

June 3, 2017

I was excited when I woke to discover that Sheila Black had an opinion piece about living with X-Linked Hypophosphatemia (XLH) published in the New York Times this past week. My ten-year old daughter, Sanders, has what is considered to be a spontaneous case of XLH (mea...

February 24, 2017

I always do my best to write with my students. I do not like assigning writing tasks that I have not attempted myself, and I have never felt right asking students to write in class if I am not writing as well.

One of my current classes is a first-year honors writing cla...

January 8, 2017

This title is a bit misleading. For while I do consider myself a word nerd, I have never considered myself a grammar nerd. Yes, I spent my middle school language arts years diagramming sentences, and, yes, for the most part I understand and can teach about grammar. But...

January 2, 2017

Happy 2017! It is crazy to think that the new year has begun (not that I am terribly sad to say goodbye to 2016) and that the spring semester will begin in earnest in just two weeks. This first two weeks of the year, the relatively quiet time when my children are back...

November 16, 2016

What a strange number. I am not sure how the term sixty-four weeks became the prominent timetable in our lives. A semester is sixteen weeks. A person is typically pregnant for forty weeks. Vacations are often noted as two weeks. But sixty-four weeks?

Honestly, the past...

October 28, 2016

If you include my graduate school years, I have been teaching college students since 1998. For almost twenty years I have had the pleasure of learning with and from my students, and I hope, of course, that they have learned from me. I've made a lot of mistakes during t...

October 16, 2016

Sometimes we write words that have meaning in any number of rhetorical situations. As I scrolled through my various social media outlets this week and took in the anger, frustration, pain, and concern being expressed by friends, family members, and even strangers as we...

January 15, 2016


This is a post I made to the group Tumblr I am creating for a digital literacies course. I thought I would share it here as well.


Welcome to ENG 365! As many of you may know, this is the first time the department is offering this course, and I must say that I am excit...

January 6, 2016

At this time of year I tend to find myself somewhat overwhelmed with the back-to-school to-do lists and the many ideas that come with the reading, writing, and planning that constitute the academic break. Even a brief vacation to Disney World—one in which I (almost) co...

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