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harrison-solow's picture
Mar.19.2010
Advance Praise for Felicity and Barbara Pym     1. "A splendid book! Original, controversial, academic, readable, serious, light-hearted, sensible, charming..." - Hazel Holt, Literary Executor of the Barbara Pym Estate, author of the Barbara Pym biography, A Lot to Ask: A Life of Barbara...
joan-cartwright's picture
Mar.12.2010
During my stay in Kingston, Jamaica, where I performed for the U.S. Embassy's Blues on the Green Concert on February 26, 2010, I visited two primary schools: Linstead and Windwood Road, where I shared my books with several students ages 10-14. They sang songs from my book SONGS FOR MY CHILDREN,...
mylene-dressler's picture
Feb.24.2010
Preparing for a university lecture I'm giving this week, I found myself typing this rather unexpected sentence: "Writing, my friends, is a forgiving process." I looked up from the screen.  I tried to conjure the incredulous faces of the students in Malloy 020.  I tried to guess at their...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Feb.21.2010
There are certain writers--whose work I love--that rewrite the same story over and over again.  Well, it's not exactly the "same" story, but the plot points are similar, the themes are similar, the characters are similar.  I happily read at that story, knowing in so many ways what to...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Feb.12.2010
If I told my students the god awful truth, I would say to them, "If you are going to cheat, do it so well I don't notice." I am sure that some of my students do cheat so well I don't notice, but I notice enough of the cheating to realize that I should run a seminar on cheating.  I should...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Jan.26.2010
I have the good fortune of having a job, one that you might have read me complaining about.  Yes, teachers tend to bitch and moan, and some of the most arduous conversations I've ever been in have involved teachers bitching.  On and on we go, upset about the same things semester after semester. ...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Dec.14.2009
One of the big discussions in likely every community college English department that serves international students is about standards.  My department certainly talks about such, and we have folks who tell us that we should uphold standards, not give an inch, protect English as it should be written...
lynn-henriksen's picture
Nov.10.2009
Words – that’s what we’re all about here, are we not? But not just any words – words that have the power to move. No matter how passionate you are about your work, do you ever question if what you’re doing really matters in the larger scheme of things in life?  Sometimes I ask myself – how much a...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Sep.23.2009
Yesterday I practiced tough love in my classes.  Tough love is preferable to teacher meltdown day, another teaching mode I utilize from time-to-time, though it has a much uglier aspect. No, tough love day is about simply assessing the situation and acting with firm, bold, pleasant strokes and then...
sharon-cupp-pennington's picture
Sep.17.2009
  In a time when our adult children are purportedly raising a generation of spoiled me-me-mine-mine offspring, I find myself climbing on my soapbox and disputing this claim by heartwarming example. Protocol at my eight-year-old granddaughter’s school is such that if a student forgets his, or her,...