Why It’s Important to Listen to Those You Disagree With

My morning newsfeed consists of selected story types from selected publications. I then listen to one of my chosen┬áradio stations in my car on my way to work and, if I don't like what they're saying, I have the option to switch to a prerecorded podcast on the topic (and perspective) of my choosing. If … Continue reading Why It’s Important to Listen to Those You Disagree With

Why the First Reaction Is Often Not The Real Reaction

"What am I going to tell my mom?" were the first, shameful words out of my mouth when I learned my boyfriend's ex-girlfriend was pregnant. I was 14. He was 16. We had only been dating a few weeks. I was still years away from being ready to be sexually active. He welcomed that because … Continue reading Why the First Reaction Is Often Not The Real Reaction

Pin the Tail on the Victim

It's rare that a news story makes me angry. But this one managed to get under my skin and infuriate me. A teacher in California has been fired after her abusive and threatening ex husband showed up at her school, violating his restraining order. The school was forced to go into lockdown until the ex … Continue reading Pin the Tail on the Victim

I Have Something in Common With Katy Perry???

I'm old. My students remind me of that every day when they discuss current actors and musicians and I find myself asking, "Who?" As a result of my advanced age and general ignorance of pop culture, I have been largely unaware of Katy Perry. I know her for her bras - there was that one … Continue reading I Have Something in Common With Katy Perry???

Home on the Range

I grew up in Texas. The trucks in my high school's parking lot were adorned with gun racks. Animal control had to be called to our neighborhood to capture baby wild boars that our neighbor had housed in his garage when he accidentally shot their mother. It turns out that wooden doors are no match … Continue reading Home on the Range