Tag Archive: Thoughts

Which Alexander McCall Smith Series?

I recently tried to read Corduroy Mansions, the first book in a series by Alexander McCall Smith. As you may recall, I love Smith’s work. But after starting, and then stopping, this book,… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

Tearing Off Book Spines?

In early January, I visited Austin, Texas, for a national conference in my field. I had a few job interviews for assistant professor positions while there, and I ate a lot of good… Continue reading

Bleeding in Books

I just started reading The Girl on the Train (2015) by Paula Hawkins. Immediately, I noticed a line that made me wonder, as it does in any other book. Every time I read… Continue reading

Half-Read Books of 2014

I failed to finish quite a few books this year!  I didn’t realize it, until I began organizing some cupboards and dressers and side tables. I discovered all of the books I had… Continue reading

Three Cups of Controversy

I read Three Cups of Tea (2007) by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin during 3 a.m. feedings with my newborn daughter. Each time she woke me in the early morning hours to… Continue reading

My Favorite (And Least Favorite) Words

I can’t exactly explain why, but certain words appeal to me and others don’t. It seems a silly thing to parse out favorite and least favorite words, as if they are colors or… Continue reading

My Blog is a Plagiarist’s Dream

I’ve had to punish plagiarists. It isn’t a fun job, but when I taught freshman English courses at a university during my Master’s program, I had to deal with it. As you all… Continue reading

A Kite Needs Wind

If somebody offers to help you, you take it, even if that help is the form of constructive criticism. Even if that help is scary to accept. I recently presented some work at… Continue reading

My New York Adventure on The Katie Couric Show

As many of you know, last week I was invited to be on Katie Couric’s television show.  (Click here to see the post about how this happened.)  What an experience!  I have never… Continue reading