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Don’t Feed the Negative Body Image


I am currently teaching an adjunct course at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  It is a literature course, and last week one of the readings was a poem by Marge Piercy entitled “Barbie Doll”.  Here is the poem, and the discussion about it comes after: Barbie Doll This girlchild was born as usual and presented … Continue reading

A Death In The Family


Today is an extremely sad day for me.  I just can’t get focused on anything else.  Chewy, our Labrador/Great Pyrenees, had to be put to sleep after being in our family for over 11 years. It started rather innocently.  He had developed a limp over the past few weeks that seemed to get worse, and … Continue reading

Christmas: Blessings Counted


Today is Christmas, and it is probably one of my favorite holidays, however I am increasingly fed up with the fact that it is the only holiday save Easter that is being eradicated by the corporate machine, remolded into some meaningless day where you get gifts for people who are probably going to take them … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Day Celebration


Today is the day when people in the U.S. celebrate Thanksgiving. When we get together today, I’m sure my mother is going to (as she always does) tell all of us that before we eat we must each share something we are thankful for.  This year, my mother’s house is not the center of the … Continue reading

My Daughter’s Gift


Last night I lay in bed with laptop open, writing away at Come Apart, my newest WIP.  Due to school starting up, the self-imposed renovation of my classroom, the induction of several new alternative education students into my program and a myriad of other things I have been neglecting it. It is always difficult to pick … Continue reading

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon


On April 19th, 1995 Timothy McVeigh parked a Ryder truck in front of the Edward R. Murrow Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City and ended the lives of 168 people, forever changing the landscape of our city.  Each year marathon runners from all over the world come to race in the Memorial Marathon. It has … Continue reading