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On Horses, Hijinks, and What Happens When I Go Home

So, I was super busy with life and parenting and life and stuff over the weekend, but in case you missed it, here's what happened: Saturday: the Kentucky Derby Sunday: Mother's Day Here’s the thing: the Kentucky Derby is one of my favorite days/things (ever) that we do in my home state. We grow up… Continue reading On Horses, Hijinks, and What Happens When I Go Home

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Real Text Conversations: Hubs Edition

Hubs: What's for dinner? Me: Will we have both kids? Hubs: Yes. Me: I say we pick a kid and eat them. Hubs: That's weird. Me: I'm just running out of ideas. ... We could make Haley cook. Hubs: I don't want Hamburger Helper.  I'll just stop by the grocery store. Me: I guess we… Continue reading Real Text Conversations: Hubs Edition

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Confessions of a College English Teacher, Part the Second

For the past 8 years, when I taught a college level Introduction to Literature class? I taught Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as a soap opera. ... The students loved it, possibly because we also had a potluck dinner and watched the movie version of it (the good one with Stanley Tucci, Christian Bale, Michelle… Continue reading Confessions of a College English Teacher, Part the Second

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Funny Daddy-Daughter Conversations at My House

Ah, tis the season of love and peace... Meanwhile, at my house... The hubs and I have a 15-year-old. She is hilarious (to the point where I have a #DailyHaley post on twitter when she's around). Case in point, two nights ago, after both ate WAY too much at dinner, this conversation went down: Haley:… Continue reading Funny Daddy-Daughter Conversations at My House

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Wrecked

I am wrecked. I have been wrecked since this time last week when I found out a man I graduated high school with and then graduated college with, a person whose face I saw almost daily growing up and during my last few years of college, was shot in the head and killed. And that… Continue reading Wrecked

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Confessions of a College English Teacher, Part the First

I have a confession to make: I don’t know how to diagram a sentence. Oh, sure, I used to know how to do it, and in fact spent most of my 8th grade career diagramming sentences.  But I don’t remember how to do it now, and honestly couldn’t have confirmed that I knew how to… Continue reading Confessions of a College English Teacher, Part the First

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Welcome to The Persnickety Pen…

...where I used to put helpful things like writing tips for people who found themselves at the impossible crossroads of writing something and writing something well.  I have since decided there are enough of those sites, and I'd rather write about something far more interesting to me: namely, me. So, for better or for blah,… Continue reading Welcome to The Persnickety Pen…