My Secret Blog

I’ve had a secret blog for the last few years. It has been focused on what I’m studying in my Technical Communication and Rhetoric Ph.D. program. The posts on that site helped me… Continue reading

Harry Potter Birthday

Late last night, an owl arrived at our door with an invitation for my oldest daughter. It was for a Harry Potter birthday party! The invitation is so clever and delightful, I had… Continue reading

Literary Wives: A Circle of Wives

A Circle of Wives (2014) by Alice LaPlante has two critiques from me: 1) it is more of a murder mystery than it is a book about the marriage relationship, and 2) it… Continue reading

Picture Book Finds: Ages 4 to 6

My youngest daughter is learning to read, and I’ve lately spent my time at the library browsing the picture books for those that will peak her interest and also give her a chance… Continue reading

My Dinner View

I am traveling this week, and I just had the most delightful dinner with some academic acquaintances in Miami, Florida. They took me to a place called Books & Books, where we ate… Continue reading

Full Shelves

I’m visiting a university today as part of the job process in finding an assistant professor position in an English department. I have some free time until my next appointment, and the department… Continue reading

Portraits from Teenage Artist Malia

Malia is a teenage artist who lives in my neighborhood. I’ve know her since she was a young girl, and I’m so impressed with her talent that I’m sharing it with you today.… Continue reading

How My Spanish Ancestors Ended Up in the United States

From as early as I can remember, I was taught to be proud of my Spanish heritage. My siblings and I all have Spanish middle names. “You are a quarter Spanish,” my mother… Continue reading

2015 Review of My Blog

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 95,000 times in… Continue reading

Ornaments

We have had our tree up for a few weeks now. My daughters did the decorating. They enjoy pulling out the ornaments from past years and asking me about them. It was fun… Continue reading