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Beauty Behind the Madness: high in the fog

February 2016

I was pumped from the gym. I’d done my whole workout while listening to a new album I’d just downloaded from iTunes: The Weeknd’s… 505 more words

Personal Stories

A Note on Transience

We paint galaxies and golf courses, write sonnets and villanelles, act roles of a tyrant, a slave and a priest– willfully, to rediscover the very things we recreate. 74 more words


ELLs Meeting Neighbors in the Community

Sometimes working with adult ELLs for as long as I have, certain things just become routine. Good teaching strategies that seem to work universally are hard to stray from. 492 more words


TESOL 2016: Network King

The 2016 TESOL Convention was on my home turf and it was a big occasion. It was the 50 year anniversary, my first textbook was published just a month before, and I was representing the AFT and Baltimore City Community College. 277 more words

Adult ESL

Surrender 110: Mad Hatter Vignette

I had fun this afternoon, creating fresh vignettes within two vintage pieces…the wooden sieve that graces the dining room table and the suitcase atop the bedroom chest of drawers. 327 more words



She grabbed at her gut

Felt it writhe in guilt

Her penance for laziness

Her injustice for pleasure


She covered it in a t-shirt and waited for Monday. 6 more words