How Anne Frank Helped Me Score Free Classroom Novels

Mamacita says:  Every year, for over twenty years, I taught a unit based on The Diary of Anne Frank.  This title refers to the stage play; Anne’s actual diary is titled Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.  Please don’t … Continue reading

Those Who Burn Books Will, in the End, Burn People.*

Mamacita says:  Banned Books Week is coming up this month – Sept. 30 – Oct. 6, 2012.  It always saddens me to be reminded that there are such huge hordes of ignorant masses in the United States, and yet, sigh, … Continue reading

I Love Little Pussy

Mamacita says:  People with tiny, limited vocabularies scare me. I am positive that these are the people who melt down in public and starting stabbing everyone within reach. It’s a fact that the person who throws the first punch generally … Continue reading

Miss Wilder and the Bent Pin

Mamacita says:  I’ve been a hugely obsessed fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder and all of her books since before I could read. I first visited the Laura and Almanzo’s Mansfield, Missouri, home when I was in college, and at first … Continue reading

Quotation Saturday: The Snarky Arts

Mamacita says:  Ah, the Arts. Without them, we’d all spend our money on Flintstones mudflaps, gas station black velvet Elvises, Billy Ray Cyrus, ceramic geese (seasonal clothing extra) and anything with Lindsey Lohan, and think THAT was art. Sadly, some … Continue reading

Intercourse, Asses, and Dwarves in Gay Apparel

Mamacita says:  I loathe euphemisms and most political correctness.  They cheapen the language. Euphemisms and PC are a kind of censorship, and censorship is the action of a weak, fearful,  and ignorant mind.  Smart people understand that many words have … Continue reading