I bet you have a story about helium balloons. There was a party, a birth, a funeral, or someone was sucking in the gas and making a funny voice.
Here are two of my favorite:
1. My son was 2 or 3 or almost 4. Somebody gave him a helium balloon at Burgerville. He had seen […]
I wrote a small book a few years ago: The Little Goldenrod Book of Limericks. And every few years we play around with limericks in class. I try to use them to teach other things, and show quickly and easily how you can edit and play around with words. The form gets stuck in my head. […]
I’ve been making the case for learning new words at school. You know, being an English teacher and all. Sometimes it feels like the students are geese that I am going to use for foie gras someday. Gotta fatten up those livers! Foie gras is a popular dish in Hungary… they force feed the geese…
Let’s call this a cabinet of curiosities. A place to store a narwhal tusk because you don’t want a museum to have it. But that’s not why you need the cabinet. Museums rarely come knocking, but that shouldn’t stop you from collecting.
A lot of it, A LOT OF IT, comes from reading. You try […]
The episode “20 Acts in 60 Minutes” includes 20 short stories instead of the customary 3. I actually think of Act 14 a lot. The segment is called: “Call in Colonel Mustard for Questioning”
The story is about an updated hot dog factory. They realize that the product is different. They can’t figure out why. […]
I appreciate the band Better Than Ezra because of AM radio, a Norm Macdonald joke, a 1976 Plymouth Valiant, tennis courts with lights at 2 a.m., and summers in high school. And Ernest Hemingway. And random and exciting connections while reading.
Recently I had weird nostalgic flashbacks listening through some Better Than Ezra songs. It’s […]
Not only do I like songs about being my own grandpa, I just realized that I might be turning into my grandma. Not in all ways, but in some.
She used the right word at the right time.
I was in college. We were playing Scrabble. I had the word WHORE on my rack. […]
Recently at dinner I told my daughter (who was still wearing her leotard and sparkly skirt), fresh off a breakdown because she wanted new tap shoes TODAY, that: “Ballerinas LOVE elk chili.”
You already know, or you don’t, the parental impulse to say almost anything to get your kids to eat their dinner. That would be […]
This is a partial continuation of Appreciation #79.
I found my copy of An Exaltation of Larks, and I’ve been listening to the news. I just heard a conversation between Stephen Colbert and Trever Noah where they were discussing Hillary Clinton’s use of the term “BASKET OF DEPLORABLES” to refer to Donald Trump supporters. […]
We watched the Guardian documentary Gun Nation in Civics class yesterday. Well done. Profound. Check it out.
I was hoping my students would notice the calm and respectful tone. People with strongly held beliefs, based on valid experience, shared without name calling, yelling, interrupting, or insulting others. It was an emotional issue, but people […]
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