About fifteen years ago, I discovered 10 Things I Hate About You when it hit the basic cable rotation of non-stop replays on USA. As any good stock preteen character would do, I watched it ad nauseam and became majorly obsessed with it.
I tend not to respond to op-eds, columns, and blog posts about adjuncting. I’d never have time for anything else. But Charlotte Allen’s recent op-ed for the L.A. Times contains a worn argument that I can’t ignore anymore: “Don’t be an adjunct.”
IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL TIME! Parents are gleefully sending their children back to school and the New York City subways are crowded with school children with their giant backpacks of death and stomach-crushing.
I cannot believe summer is almost over. It seems like it went by so fast. With summer winding down, it can mean only one thing: back to school time. As a child I loved to read; well, I still love to read too. (Wow, that sounded like a Mitch Hedberg sentence.) By the time I […]
A coworker came in the other morning and told us that her daughter had not yet returned from prom. It was 10 a.m. The daughter would return home by noon. Ah, youth!
I love YA. Anyone who’s ever said hello to me, seen my bursting bookshelves or gone to a book signing where I’m the oldest one there without a tween in tow, knows that.
During and after graduate school, I did a lot of tutoring–in the university writing center and International Students English Center, and as an independent contractor–when I wasn’t teaching English composition to undergrads. For a while, and especially in the summer, my daily schedule was filled from 10 in the morning to sometime around midnight, with […]
This one is for the Olds out there.
Have you ever noticed how no one ever thinks they were popular as teenagers? Perhaps this is something common only to Hollywood types who do interviews where the topic comes up, or the fact that my self-selected group of friends tends to adhere to certain qualities that did not make for popularity in high school, but […]
When I was a kid, the word “bully” wasn’t given the weight it is today. “Boys will be boys” was more the phrase of the hour – I heard it more than once from well-meaning teachers and defensive parents, even after I was assaulted by a group of classmates in junior high. To borrow a phrase […]
I’ve been cramming relentlessly for the Foreign Service Officer Test this past week, so our lovely editors are letting me share an oldie from the early days of PM. This post from October 2010 is about the Dignity for All Students Act and its role in preventing bullying in schools.
It’s like this show reads my mind. Just when I started to think that we needed to Talk About Brian, they give us a Brian-centric (and Brian-narrated!) episode. It was kind of funny how they just started off with some Brian narration, as if it were the most normal thing in the world.
Recently, the Mister and I went to the Finger Lakes in Upstate New York for our honeymoon. One night, we decided to go ice skating at the civic center near our hotel. It was a carbon copy of our local roller rink circa 1993,
So, who had (or will have) a 10-year high school reunion this year? I was a member of the class of 2000, a bit of trivia that was burned into my brain at a young age. I remember my kindergarten teacher telling us as a group that we were going to graduate in the year […]