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New email address

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I have just received a notice from my internet service provider that they will no longer be supporting email as of April 7th. When I switched email addresses from Earthlink, back in the neolithic era, Gmail wasn’t quite yet a thing, so in a moment of not being very forward-thinking, I took the “free” email […]

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You go, girl

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I’m seeing lots of “phenomenal women” t-shirts popping up on my Twitter feed. Lots of “women are great” sentiments. It’s International Woman’s Day, you see. And we women want our flowers and chocolates. (Heck, I even re-posted a “you go, girl” meme on Instagram. I am not immune). Don’t get me wrong. I know a […]

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Train wreck politics

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This morning, I stared at my Facebook status bar for a full five minutes, trying to come up with something non-political to share. I have noticed so many of my progressive friends post about nothing but the Daily Outrage, the one line we thought the new president would never cross, but has. What happened to […]

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Left wanting

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Left wanting

I’ve been an Amazon customer since 1999. Recently, I checked out my purchase history, and it was like a diary of my life. Natural birth guides. Books about surviving the toddler years. That year I bought all the post-apocalyptic books I could find. As long as I’ve had an Amazon account, I’ve had “saved for […]

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Does evil exist?

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I have spent a lifetime looking for the other side of evil, the human side, the one I could understand. I may have finally come to the conclusion that evil does, in fact, exist. It is a sad day. Perhaps my earliest memory of trying to understand whether evil is really evil came from Sleeping […]

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Secret Side in English in Texas, a Journal of Texas Council of Teachers of English Language Arts

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I was honored to learn that THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY was one of the books discussed in a recent scholarly article entitled “Refugees and Immigrants in Children’s Literature: New Books to Build Understanding Across Borders” by Professor Amy Cummins of the University of Texas Rio Grande. It’s an insightful and information-packed piece which offers […]

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I can’t keep quiet

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The “official” anthem of the Women’s March came into my consciousness when the songwriter and an a cappella choir sang it on Full Frontal with Samanatha Bee. I looked up the official video, which I loved, and the video of the live performance of it at the Washington March. Both are below. It speaks to […]

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Lines

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I hate lines. Imaginary lines on the ground, where “borders” are. Lines of divide between people, the “you like country/I like rock” ways in which we choose to separate ourselves from each other. For people like me, this is a painful time. I often wish I could see back to how the first bands of […]

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Impressions of the Women’s March on Washington 1.21.17

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Impressions of the Women’s March on Washington 1.21.17

I was, perhaps, an unexpected attendee at the Women’s March this past Saturday. I’m politically engaged, but protest makes me nervous. With a long history of fear of police and official authority, I’m the person who turns off the road when I see a cop car up ahead, even though intellectually I know there’s nothing […]

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It’s beginning to look a lot like chilling

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Lovies… two more days until Christmas! Yes, yes, I know, you all probably think it’s three, but my people do the big shindig on the 24th, then kind of hang out in our pajamas and wander out to the movies on the 25th. But, either way, it seriously is the most wonderful time of the […]

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