Leave Them (Texting) Kidz Alone

Leave Them (Texting) Kidz Alone

By trade, I am a professor of writing and rhetoric. In layman’s terms, this makes me an English teacher. These are deeply dreaded words for many people. When I identify my profession to new acquaintances, I get a range of responses: obviously, some people don’t find it that interesting—it’s not like I’m an astronaut or […]

  • Our Failure to Understand Mental Illness has Debilitated Nearly 60 Million Americans

    Abraham Lincoln, Ernest Hemingway, Robin Williams and Michelangelo are a few examples of brilliantly inspiring individuals who shaped our culture, artistry and society.  Looking at this list of names, it is hard to see a connection between these unique individuals. The sad truth is that each one suffered from mental illness, a debilitating disease that […]

  • Bearing Witness Even When It Seems Too Much to Bear

    My husband wanted to go to Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest last summer as we traveled in Germany. We were planning our itinerary for our time in Munich and I responded as if he’d just admitted to buying tickets for “The Jerry Springer Show.” Why would I want to go to the Alps retreat where Hitler hung […]

  • Take the Opportunities of Travel to Always Learn Something New

    I love to travel because it is always a wonderful, life-changing experience – whether embarking on a road trip or flying overseas to a foreign country. No matter where you go, you will likely meet new people and learn something new, which is always my goal. Over the recent holiday break, I traveled to Sweden […]


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  • Much of Society's Unrest Caused by Barrage of Negative Stereotypes in Films

    Everybody has a perception about what the image of art should say – or not say – but few have an informed opinion. The power of the communicative arts transcends the mere power to inform. That power is used in film, television, newspapers, radio, art, magazines, music, theatre and the new social media network as […]

  • No Longer Can We Keep Our Eyes Closed to Human Trafficking All Around Us

    You may have read in early December that 61 people were arrested across Florida in a four-day human-trafficking sting operation. If you haven’t followed the dramatic increase in stories about human trafficking in the United States, this news may have caught you by surprise. We need to understand that human trafficking exists in all 50 […]

  • The Future Will Require Learning How to Exist in a Multicultural Society

    Why should I have to tell my sons to respect the police? My sons are both military veterans, the oldest having serving in the U.S. Air Force in Afghanistan and the younger in the U.S. Army in Iraq. Both served during wartime campaigns. I am certain my oldest son would respect the police and would […]

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