(S)laughter is the Best Medicine

Slay: slaughter :: ____: laughter? It’s shit like this that made me love being a teacher of English to multilingual speakers; I felt dispositionally and linguistically well-suited to absorb their incredulity, because really: WTF. This started, as everything does nowadays, because of Beyoncé’s “Formation.” “Slay” as an alternate verb for “perform magnificently” has been around … More (S)laughter is the Best Medicine

Encounterer Tinkerer Chooser Practicer Contributor SPY!

The word “encounter”…well, I keep bumping into it. It started on the Green River, with Camille Farrington. She offered us–the assembled, all connected to EL in one way or another–a framework to describe the developmental experiences through which children learn. It integrates both action and reflection*, and breaks each of those up into delicious component bites. I … More Encounterer Tinkerer Chooser Practicer Contributor SPY!

Omnipatent Cells

Oh heavens, y’all, I have not felt like I had it in me to write for a bit, but like those other things that “if you think you don’t have time for ___, you EXTRA need to do it, probably to save yourself from yourself” (i.e. exercise, meditation), writing on here is something I can … More Omnipatent Cells

Hanging, Together

When I’m talking with people I love and who love me, there’s usually an undercurrent–sometimes deep under, sometimes right at the conversational surface–of the question “How should we live?” We report to each other our latest thoughts on possible answers, or how things have worked out as we acted according to some hypothesis or another, or … More Hanging, Together

Anchoresses: Away!

This is too much, it’s too amazing. A secret that only 50 or so people know about me is that I am drawn to the idea of…well, I hadn’t known what to call it, but it’s something that seminaries, convents, caves on hills, monasteries, houses on the highway where you can get your palm read, dissertation … More Anchoresses: Away!

Holding Court, plus Star Wars bonus features

I get the word “courtesan” in my head sometimes, and it bops around for a while probably because it’s so easy to match the picture it conjures and the word’s morphology. A sumptuous, brocaded woman in a sumptuous, brocaded room, both ordered around by someone powerful. Just today, I thought also of “courtesy” and  “courteous”…also so clearly connected to … More Holding Court, plus Star Wars bonus features