It's been over a month since my story, "Weeds," was published by the incredibly lovely folks at Atticus Review, but here's a little bit about the behind-the-scenes of the story, better late than never.
First draft … Read More >>
I’ve been teaching sociology for over ten years now, mostly in the same place, and I think it’s okay to admit at this point that I am tired. Which is not to say that I’m quite ready to go find something else to do, but tired enough to … Read More >>
Because I have a device now that tells me how many steps I've taken each day, I'm motivated to take the long way from my car to my office in the morning. The added benefit is that I see some beautiful things along the way. May everyone … Read More >>
I'm sitting outside as I write this and nothing else really matters. The stars are shining. From our balcony, we can see people passing by. We have traveled far enough away to be warm.
This is what we left behind. Not the town itself, which is beautiful even … Read More >>
As promised, Day Seven in my Week of Winter Walking takes us to sunnier climates, where my mom and dad are walking the beaches of Sanibel Island, Florida. Most years, I'm down there with them, but due to irreconcilable differences in spring break schedules (our … Read More >>
I didn't take any pictures of the sandwiches Thursday, and this is something of a tragedy. They were a thing of beauty. Well, it looked okay. It tasted awesome.
Thursday, my friends came over for lunch, so of course, it was another opportunity to find a way … Read More >>
I’ve been teaching sociology for over ten years now, mostly in the same place, and I think it’s okay to admit at this point that I am tired. Which is not to say that I’m quite ready to go find something else to do, but tired enough to ask, what is it exactly that … Read More >>
A Sunday without football is almost not a Sunday at all. Oh, sure, the sun comes up. You have your coffee. Maybe even a little treat, like orange rolls fresh from the oven.
But there's no pre-game shows. No GameDay Morning. No Rich Eisen and Steve Mariucci. … Read More >>
Some good things we've eaten (and drank) so far:
- Everything at 2 Cent, but especially the caramelized brussel sprouts with pecans and cranberries. Also, some roasted peppers in a balsamic reduction. Simple, but delicious. This is our second time here, both … Read More >>
This is a picture of my big scary novel. It's sitting behind me, even as I write this now. It's watching me. Breathing down my neck.
I would rather not talk about how long I've been working on this big scary novel. It's a long time. It might be five years. It … Read More >>
Here’s an important lesson I recently learned–when you’re going to a writer’s conference, read the books written by the authors who will be leading workshops and teaching classes. Otherwise you might miss out.
This summer, I went to the Midwest Writer’s Workshop … Read More >>
This morning I decided to make roasted tomato paste out of the tomatoes from our garden. I started first thing in the morning. My mom always tries to get her canning done early in the morning, when it's still cool, because the oven heats up the house. Also, for me … Read More >>
In February 2014, the second edition of my textbook, Questioning Gender: A Sociological Exploration, will be coming out from Pine Forge/Sage Press. It's called questioning gender because my goal in my course and in the book … Read More >>