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Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

8 years – Retropost

I’ve posted this before. A few years ago now. But in honor of Ken and my 8th anniversary, I’m posting it again. Since we are out celebrating and I’m not here writing…. Before I started writing about Nora and letting other people read what I write, the only other piece I had shared in public [...]

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Feeling Young, Feeling Old

Today I walked from my old dorm room to my old English building on the UT campus. I sat in a conference room for four hours discussing rhetoric and the pedagogy supporting the teaching of rhetoric to high school students. I read weighty texts about rhetorical analysis, had deep discussions with the two others in [...]

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Tuesday Night Date Night

When it’s summer and you don’t have to work on Wednesday, you can have date night on Tuesday. Date night. All we really needed was to get out of the house alone together. We could have just driven off, aimlessly, alone in the car. And that would have been enough, really.We still would have gotten [...]

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Kony2012 and Rhetorical Opportunity

And now a break from our regularly scheduled Miles and Nora programming… Last week I sat in a class of 35 freshman, lights off, Kony2012 video going. Having begun our year studying Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone and then studying rhetorical appeals and propaganda using George Orwell’s Animal Farm, I couldn’t let this opportunity [...]

Sunday, September 11th, 2011

Ten Years Ago

Ten years ago I was a baby teacher – a second year teacher in just her second week of school. I was thirty miles outside of Boston that day, the place where the planes departed. I remember my classroom, the hallway, that it was second period, some of the students who were in that class. [...]

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Camp Quarantine

While Miles stayed tucked away in his room and Nora coughed and coughed on the couch, Ken ventured outside to build them the most amazing play-fort I’ve ever seen. In classic Ken style he designed his own playset, refusing to just buy a plan or a pre-made set. He wanted it to have everything that [...]

Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Flower Girl

Until yesterday I only barely understood why some moms weep when watching their children participate in major life events. I’ve felt proud of Nora before. I’ve known and loved her undeniable adorableness (or as her Nana said when she was small, aNORAbleness). But until she emerged, small and precious, serious and proud, from the wooded [...]

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Watch Out Rebecca Black

Rebecca Black better watch out – there’s another girl who loves to make videos of herself singing about simple and silly things. She’s only three, and she doesn’t enunciate clearly all the time, but she loves to watch herself sing and dance (note her requests to see herself as soon as the song stops). She [...]

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Shadow A

The other day at the park Nora started talking to me about an A that she saw. She insisted I look at it. I couldn’t find an A anywhere in sight. “I don’t see it, Nora,” I said. “I don’t see any letters.” I thought I had misheard her or that she was just making [...]

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011


Nora could have done without Santa this year. When everyone asked me if she was excited, I would have to answer that I wasn’t sure. By the time Christmas rolled around, she was pretty sure she just didn’t want to have to talk to the guy. She made sure to stay in her own bed [...]

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