Poem: “Lip-Reading” by Leigh Ann

It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle  With no reference picture and, sometimes,  With no edge pieces.  I stare hard at moving lips, always a phoneme  (or two, or three, or four) behind the conversation,  While my brain plays the matching game  With puzzle pieces that constantly change  Colors and shapes and get lost among Continue reading “Poem: “Lip-Reading” by Leigh Ann”

Opinion: Snail Mailing with Pen Pals is Awesome

If you’re anything like me, sometimes texting or responding to emails can feel overwhelming. It carries too much an expectation of an immediate response. There’s not enough time to really think about what I want to say or how to say it. In a capitalistic society that monetizes time, the feeling of urgency is especiallyContinue reading “Opinion: Snail Mailing with Pen Pals is Awesome”

The Good Smut…I Mean Stuff

Today I plan on delivering the best book recommendation anyone has ever read. I’m totally lying, my brain is fried from the semester. But I intend to convert some book readers! Behold!!!! Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire I’m going to go ahead and describe it as a contemporary adult romance novel. Abby Abernathy attends aContinue reading “The Good Smut…I Mean Stuff”

Hypocriticisms: Double Standards in Literature No. 3

Welcome back to Hypocritisms, the series in which we list a few double standards we find in literature! If you’ve ever read a book, you might have noticed that sometimes there are some double standards.  All kinds. It’s not limited to gender roles or sexuality. Just like in real life, you see discrimination for aspectsContinue reading “Hypocriticisms: Double Standards in Literature No. 3”

On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 8

 I recommend Ghost in the Tamarind: A Novel by Subramanian Shankar. It is a postcolonial story that takes place in India where a Brahmin boy, Ramu, finds a body of a laborer, Muragappa, under a tamarind tree. The time is pre-Independent India, and the class and caste boundaries prevent an investigation. Ramu cannot get theContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 8”

Back to School: Teacher Perspectives No. 3

If I learned anything from last year is that a lot can happen in such a short time. Recently, I had to manage and learn how to survive an unexpected blizzard in the middle of Texas! Everything can change within a day- the way you live your life, the way you think, and the wayContinue reading “Back to School: Teacher Perspectives No. 3”

On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 7

Many know me as a tea addict, and my best friend so kindly gifted me a book titled The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See for my birthday. The story starts with a girl named Li-yan growing up in an indigenous Akha village in the high mountains of China. Li-yan falls in loveContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 7”