Picking Favorites: The “I Should Be Packing” Edition

It’s a step up from “I should be grading,” so I’ll take it. (Also, as a content warning, the Terry Crews and Johnny Iuzzini stories both discuss sexual assault.)

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Terry Crews understands that he is in a unique position to speed up that progress. So, instead of internalizing his abuse and spreading it to others with toxic actions of his own, he is taking the steps necessary to break the chain before our eyes. — What About Your Friends? Why Hollywood’s Abandonment Of Terry Crews Is Unacceptable

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More poetry!

I don’t mean to keep posting about how tired I am, but, well, that’s where I am. In fact, I accidentally fell asleep for four hours, and I’m really not even sure how I’m awake enough to cobble together this post since I almost fell asleep twice before beginning it. Is my commitment to self that strong? I guess so.

Anyway, here’s another poem. I show it during our poetry unit when I’m prepping my students for their own poetry readings. This is a high school student featured in the documentary Louder Than a Bomb (which is AMAZING–watch it).

The line about the seatbelt gets me every single time.

I have no idea what to post about tonight

I almost fell asleep in the backseat of a Lyft on the way home tonight from a very cool writing panel I went to. So I am spent.

A coworker was talking about teaching humor and poetry today, so, in lieu of real content from me, here’s a video of a poem that cracks me up every time.

Picking Favorites: Sara Zarr, Carolyn Mackler, Harry Potter, AND Rick Riordan?

It’s been over a month since my last links round up, so there’s a lot happening here. Let’s dive in, shall we?

“Congresswoman Maxine Waters isn’t even reading these fools anymore. She has completely leveled up. She is like Scarlett Johansson in Lucy, that movie where she was using like 100% of her brain and she can control televisions and tell the future. That’s Maxine Waters. Except with reading. We don’t even have a word for what she’s doing yet.” — You Will Never, in Your Entire Life, Get the Best of Maxine Waters


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In before the end of the week: April 2017 Wrap Up

1. April was all about the Blogging from A to Z Challenge around these here parts wherein I posted every day in April (except Sundays but on the last Sunday) about something that corresponds to a letter of the alphabet. My theme was gratitude, and you can find all of my posts here. I’ll be doing a full reflection post, as requested by the challenge admins, on May 8.

2. April was also all about the end of the semester, which means I AM DONE. This is the first time I have *ever* not taught during the summer, ever. EVER. Even in grad school, I taught every summer. That’s twelve years with no actual summer break. However, that all changes this year. SUMMER VACATION.

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Picking Favorites: Big Little Lies & other feelings

Big Little Lies has given me a lot of feelings, so it is featured heavily in this post. Also, goddess and life goals queen Rep. Maxine Waters has breathed life back into my soul, so I may or may not have featured her, too.

 

“As a leading expert in this field, I must say that it’s ridiculous to me that heroes waltz around their story without any attention to their need (and/or realistic desires) to take a power-nap at the minimum.” — Why I’d Be A Terrible Protagonist: Reason #9: Naps Are Required

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Picking Favorites (mostly about reading and teaching)

 

“I just thought maybe if they read these books, it will make an impression on them, and they will stand up for people who are being oppressed,” she added. — Teenagers Who Vandalized Historic Black Schoolhouse Are Ordered to Read Books

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Picking Favorites for the end of February

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“As my colleague Yoni Appelbaum pointed out on Tuesday, citing the work of the Yale history professor Joanne Freeman, it was, in the United States’s antebellum years, typical for violence—duels, even—to attend almost every session of Congress. The telegraph, and its attendant ability to send information to far-flung places, almost instantly, changed that.” — The more things change, etc: ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ and the Age of the Weaponized Meme

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Picking Favorites: Two Weeks Worth!

Maybe three? I dunno; I missed posting this for a while. I have Martin Luther King, Jr. stuff in here, which I think was more than two weeks ago. Whatever, I should be grading.

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“In real, big-picture life, MLK was far more radical than the cherry-picked lines from his speeches and books would suggest, a man who moved further left over the course of his long and weary fight for African-American civil rights.” — Check out nine of MLK’s quotes not likely to be cited in mainstream media

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