commandments of men

I recently shared some of my thoughts about Faith Unraveled here.  In this book, Rachel Held Evans shares an experience that I, as well as many of my friends and family, have experienced and are experiencing.  She explains how at some point in her life, she had to strip away what she had learned about God and […]


As an introduction to Mark Twain last week in class, I posted a handful of his quotes around my classroom.  I asked my students to walk around the room, choose a favorite (or least favorite) quote, and write about it.  After we discussed them, I asked if anyone knew or could guess the author of […]


I love this quote.  It totally captures my heart for education, and especially my love for teaching literature.  I am so inspired by the idea that something that someone wrote centuries ago can impact people today, even teenagers. A few months ago, we were studying Transcendentalism in my classes, and I was so excited to […]

the song of the lark

“With heigh! the sweet birds, O, how they sing!… The lark, that tirra-lirra chants, With heigh! with heigh! the thrush and the jay…” (Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale, IV, iii) Tirra lirra is the song of the lark and an expression of joy that sometimes amounts to nothing but pure gibberish. This blog is a place for me […]