It is so much easier for me to "see" if I tell a story. This blog is one of the places that happens.

Seeing Innocence

My daughter used to make me bacon and eggs. The recipe only called for a rock and a couple of sticks, and when she served it to me, I ate it hungrily. In between third and fourth helpings, she would ask me for rides in her plastic car. There was no defense against those big, brown, 2-year-old eyes, and her sweet voice pleading with me, “Gin Daddy, gin!” Innocence is irresistible. It may be hard to believe, but that sweet innocence somehow manages to sneak through the brick walls and double doors of the high school where I work. In the same class discussion that ended with a screaming parent a few weeks ago, my students and I focused our attention on Lennie. He was the first of Steinbec

Uninvited Guest/ Unexpected Community

The whiteboard was covered in what looked more like chicken scratch than an English teacher’s notes. There were stick figures, arrows, and some scribbles that barely looked like words. I like to draw when I give notes, and I joke with my students to not let my drawings intimidate them. “Someday, with a little work,” I told them as I drew what looked more like a walrus than Lennie from Of Mice and Men, “your drawings will be as good as mine.” The kids laughed and rolled their eyes. We were drawing Lennie, Candy, and Curley’s wife hanging out in Crook’s room. “What is Steinbeck trying to tell us here,” I asked. Jared’s hand shot up. “They’re all misfits!” he shouted. “Say that louder, J

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