When Bluebonnets Bloom

Photo by David Holifield on Unsplash My father served in the European Theater during WWII. His plane went down during a mission, but he successfully bailed out of his doomed B17 Flying Fortress. He survived, but he was captured and held as a prisoner of war until the war in Europe ended.   My mother worked in a factory […]

Thank You Toni Morrison: Rest Easy

  The death of Toni Morrison saddened my heart deeply.  She entered my life as a college student and formed the heart of my master’s thesis.  Morrison allowed this white man to see and feel the depths of her characters’ experiences, and thereby, the depth of African-Americans’ actual experiences living through the brutalities of slavery, […]

The AP Literature Exam is Coming! A Plethora (not really) of Tips

“Through her manipulations , Mrs. Danvers exploits the weariness of the protagonist, showing the reader that Mrs. Danvers’s subtle yet persistent cruelty reveals to the reader how lowly the main character thinks of herself and the cruelty which she inflicts upon herself, resulting in behaviors and actions  which otherwise would not have been possible.” Student […]

The Intellectual Conversation

By Roy F. Smith Light, camera, action!  “Okay kids, I want you to engage in a self-directed intellectual conversation about Chaucer’s “The Wife of Bath,” and by the way, I want you to film your conversation and upload it to YouTube.” Did my kids jump up and down and scream “O’boy Mr. Smith!  Can we […]

Without a Mission, a Teacher Perishes

Any corporation that is serious about its long-term success has a mission statement. Companies need a guiding vision to keep focused during challenging times as well as the good times. Most schools also have mission statements. Administrators and teachers spend long hours honing each word for appropriateness and precision. Schools set lofty goals guaranteeing results […]