It’s been a rough week in my house, as we were scourged with an intestinal virus that started with my 20 month-old daughter. As my pediatrician says, parenting is not for the faint-hearted, and my week at home with her matched the weather – the lows were bristling while I mouthed prayers that she would […]

One of the classes I teach is Composition and Literature, a cross-curricular course required of all majors to graduate.  I decided this semester to focus only on literature from the American South, as it is most pertinent to my own work right now.  It is the perfect opportunity to engage writing I should read, and […]

A friend of mine recently posted a picture of himself standing in polar vortex snow up to his waist next to a car broken down on the side of the road, an unmistakable look of disgust on his face.  He captioned it, “Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?” It’s an iconic […]

I’m not a believer in New Year’s resolutions.  Frankly, I find them a little silly, driven by group think and peer pressure rather than genuine self-awareness.  False promises only halfway made, and less than halfway kept, they perpetuate something even worse – the devaluation of our own voice.  When we do something because we are […]