I Just Realized

I just realized that I may not live to see a female president in the United States. I just realized that the America I live in is not the America I thought I lived in.   I’m part of a religious community that often laments the state of “the world.” I often hear peple say... Continue Reading →

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Literary Wives: The World’s Wife

The World’s Wife (1999) by Carol Ann Duffy is the first poetry collection to be included in the Literary Wives Series, during which we explore the following questions: What does this book say about wives or about the experience of being a wife? In what way does this woman define “wife”—or in what way is... Continue Reading →

How Poe Wrote “The Raven”

“The Raven” (1845) is a poem nobody can escape. Whether you had to memorize certain stanzas or just participate in a read-aloud session in seventh-grade English class, it is a classic poem you likely haven’t missed and one you likely haven’t forgotten. I don’t think I’ll ever tire of the repetitious words at the end... Continue Reading →

Homage to Shel Silverstein

During Thanksgiving, we played a game in which one person had the name of a famous person stuck to his or her forehead, and the rest of the players answered questions to help the player figure out who they were supposed to be.  In one round, my eight-year-old daughter picked the celebrity.  She suggested that... Continue Reading →

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