My Response to Sexist Comments: Today I Start Work on a PhD

By now you know that I’m a feminist, albeit a quiet one.  Over the last decade or so of my life, I’ve just taken rude and sexist comments in stride.  And I’m one of those people who avoid conflict at all costs.  So when somebody says something jerky, I tend to go home and cry. ... Continue Reading →


I’m a Sucker for Victorian Novels: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848) is one of my new favorite books.  It is my first taste of Anne Brontë, and I have to say that I am hooked.  In the past year, I have read for the first time Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and this novel, when before I had only ever read... Continue Reading →

Who Read My Library Book?

Do you ever wonder who made the big brown spill on page 238 of the library book you are reading?  Do you ever think about the person whose hands sweated on the plastic-covered dust jacket that you’re holding?  Obviously, I do. With each page turn, I speculate about the person who read the book before... Continue Reading →

The Best Chili Ever

A while back, I posted a recipe.  Well, it’s time for another one.  This is one of the standards at our house, and I got it from my brilliant friend Toni.  I often use this recipe to entertain.  It is so delicious and easy to make. Four-Star Texas Chili  (Why not five stars?) 1 pound... Continue Reading →

Human Connection in George Orwell’s 1984

I read George Orwell’s 1984 (1949), number 8 on the BBC book list, last summer for the first time.  This surprised a student of mine, one of the only students I have encountered over the years who was actually majoring in English.  I teach English 1010, Introduction to College Writing, and my students usually consist... Continue Reading →

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