The Monsters Are Real. They Are Good For Us. They Can Be Overcome.

Mamacita says: Once upon a time there was a girl who loved to write. She spent the first few years of elementary school standing silently beside the teachers’ desks, mutely holding out sheet after sheet of paper on which she … Continue reading

Poetry Friday: Langston Hughes

Mamacita says:  I first heard this poem in high school literature. Tenth grade, sophomore year, in Mrs. Helen Chandler’s class, she who taught Claude Akins, the Bedford Celebrity.. In retrospect, I know that we treated her dreadfully. She was quite … Continue reading

Teachers and The Knack

Mamacita says: There is a knack to teaching middle and high school students that some teachers never quite learn. I’m not sure it can be learned; it might be an art, a talent one must have at birth. For want … Continue reading

Ravel's Bolero: The Music of Horni. . .I Mean, Passion

Mamacita says:  Ravel’s Bolero has long been one of my favorites, and NOT just because it makes everybody who listens to it horny.  I mean, there are tons of other reasons as well.  Check out that conductor, for one thing; … Continue reading

A Letter To My Heart

BlogHer, my beautiful BlogHer, is asking us to write a Letter to My Heart.  This is mine. Dear Heart, They say that scar tissue is the strongest kind.  If that really is the case, dear heart, you must be Arnold … Continue reading

Students: A Comparison/Contrast

I love the community college concept.  Not everybody is ready for university, especially not all at the same given time in their lives, and a community college is a place where students can get a start on a degree that … Continue reading