Loving the Books of Rita Williams-Garcia

My kids and I are ready for summer. Perhaps even a “crazy summer.” But I suspect that any summer plans we make or carry out will not be as crazy as the summer… Continue reading

Fiction Friday: Chapter 10

Read previous chapters here. Chapter 10 Soledad had been taught to pray. Pilar attended Mass each week and made sure all of her children received their first communions in a special way. In… Continue reading

Surprising Words and Phrases That Made It Into My Dissertation

I wrote my dissertation about women’s experiences as practitioners of technical and professional writing in the workplace. I graduated earlier this month, but I’m still working on getting the formatting of the final… Continue reading

Saving Alex, Saving Our Gay Brothers and Sisters

I had lunch with a new friend at a sushi place in Salt Lake City a few days ago. He had been a student of mine last semester, and now that school is… Continue reading

Antonia Montosa Juanes (1907-1989): The Life Story of a Hawaiian Spaniard

I recently realized that I had a printed copy of an interview my mother did with my great grandmother Antonia Montosa Juanes. She is a Hawaiian Spaniard, born to Spanish parents in Makaweli,… Continue reading

Sister Editors

This academic study called Our Sister Editors: Sarah J. Hale and the Tradition of Nineteenth-Century American Women Editors (1995) contains historical, cultural, composition, literacy, and rhetorical elements of the nineteenth century. Patricia Okker’s… Continue reading

Fiction Friday: Chapter 9

Read previous chapters of View from the Pepper Tree here.   Chapter 9 Leda wonders how her mother had ever dealt with the difficulties of raising so many children alone. Caring for Walt,… Continue reading

“Mom, what’s AIDS?”

Olivia turned to me while she worked on her homework. They were studying microbiology in sixth grade last week, and because Olivia wants to be an epidemiologist, she had been intrigued by this… Continue reading

PhD Done

I graduated on Friday. It was a momentous and wonderful occasion. Here are some pictures. From left to right, that’s me, my dissertation adviser and mentor-extraordinaire Dr. Ryan Moeller, then Dr. Keith Grant-Davie,… Continue reading

Fiction Friday: Chapter 8

Read previous chapters here. Chapter 8 Leda is tired. The lines on her face seem to be getting deeper, and sleep is becoming a hard-to-obtain luxury. She has no energy for cooking, no… Continue reading