J Is for Juliet & Ophelia & Paying for Groceries: #atozchallenge

When students asked, "Why do we have to read all this literature?" I told them it would help them to play Jeopardy. You never know when Alex Trebek will ask you a question. Since leaving the classroom, I've come up with other reasons. Here's one I wrote about back in 2012. * At HEB this … Continue reading J Is for Juliet & Ophelia & Paying for Groceries: #atozchallenge

Young and Brave and Naive and Amazingly Stupid… but Successful

A long time ago, when I was young and brave,* I herded about forty ninth-grade students onto a school bus and took them to San Antonio, thirty miles away, to a matinée performance of Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet.  The day before the event, I learned that two girls planned to skip the trip. They … Continue reading Young and Brave and Naive and Amazingly Stupid… but Successful

Bani-shed!

Tybalt is gone, and Romeo banished; Romeo that kill'd him, he is banished. ~ Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, III.ii They are free men, but I am banished. And say'st thou yet that exile is not death? Hadst thou no poison mix'd, no sharp-ground knife, No sudden mean of death, though ne'er so mean, But "banished" … Continue reading Bani-shed!

Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Important

At HEB this afternoon, having verified that I had, indeed, spent my last sou on a cup of coffee at Waterloo Writers, I ran my credit card through the scanner. The resulting screen read, Select Tender Type. Tender. Such a formal, old-fashioned word for this new-fangled device. It reminded me of the scene in which … Continue reading Select Tender Type or, Another Reason Literature Is Important