Nightmare #3, by Stephen Vincent Benet

Mamacita says:  Nightmare #3: When I did my student teaching, this poem was in the seventh grade literature book.  I’d never seen it before, and it made a definite impression on me.  I absolutely loved it, and I still love … Continue reading

Peter Pan and Tinker Bell and Asses: How Cocky!

Mamacita says:  When I was in the third grade, I read “Peter Pan.” It’s not all the sugar-coated cuteness Disney would have you believe, my friends. It’s a wonderful and fascinating and intimate look into the brain and psyche of … Continue reading

Wiggly Little Boys, Recess, Harry Potter, & Epiphanies

This is a rerun, but it’s an issue I wanted to discuss again. “No two people are alike, and both of them are damn glad of it.” Mamacita says:  That’s a quotation; that’s not me saying “damn,” although I frequently … Continue reading

Kids Who Read, Succeed. In Spite of School.

Mamacita says:  I hated elementary school, and by “hated” what I really mean is, well, HATED. I learned to read when I was really little, but I have never read as most other people do.  When I read, I look … Continue reading

Noah, You’re Not the Only One Who Survived a Flood

Mamacita says:  First of all, please remember that the literal level is the very lowest, simplest, basic form of reading and interpretation.  Good readers and thinkers have advanced above the literal level into the inferential and figurative levels.  That being … Continue reading

Cupid and Psyche

Mamacita says:  It’s Valentine’s Day, and since many people associate this day with Cupid, let’s talk for a moment about the REAL Cupid. Well, the real mythological Cupid. Cupid is not a fat naked baby, flying around shooting arrows into … Continue reading