• Education
  • Better Than Our First Drafts Revisited

    When I directed a high school writing lab, my favorite part of the job was working with students on their college application essays. It was challenging at first, teaching them to answer the prompts while showing their best selves in their own best words. But after I learned to ask the right questions and to […]

  • Island Life
  • Fall All the Same

    During a scene in The Great Gatsby where several characters languish in the summer heat of New York City, one character chastises another for being “morbid” in her attitude and declares that “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Here, the weather doesn’t get “crisp” in the fall the way […]

  • Island Life
  • Halloween and Other Thoughts

    Don’t worry; I didn’t bring a pumpkin to the beach again this year. This is just a different shot of last year’s pumpkin. I like to get my money’s worth whenever possible. Nor, to my knowledge, have I walked around with a large toothpaste stain on my clothes like last year. There was no need, […]

  • Island Life
  • Over the Bridge

    Almost six years ago, I wrote this post to try to describe the feeling of traveling by bridge to an island. I imagine I could write multiple posts on the experience of crossing over, one for each facet of that movement from one world into the next. Maybe I will someday. But for now, here’s […]

  • Education
  • Resignation

    This post is long overdue; it’s taken me time to write about something I’ve wrestled with for a while. While I’ve been much blessed, these last three years have also included private struggles and challenges. One fallout of these challenges was, after over a year of contemplation and prayer, my decision to resign from my […]