For Carrie (My Favorite Princess)

A year ago a wrote a review on The Force Awakens where I talked about how much I wanted to be Princess Leia and how I appreciated how she grew old with grace and elegance. Now, I am struggling to find the words to fully express my thoughts on Carrie Fisher’s passing. I always wanted…

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Disney is Paying Attention with Moana

I have this love/hate relationship with Disney. I remember when I was my children’s age, gathering around our television set on Sunday nights, eating our popcorn dinner and watching The Wonderful World of Disney. It was here I fell in love with The Shaggy DA, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, Escape from Witch Mountain, and The Apple…

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Why Teaching English is a political Act

I’m tired this week. I have spent a great deal of time reading and writing about the results of the election and what this means for our nation and our children. I wrote a commentary about how I planned to talk with my children about our president-elect. I have read numerous Facebook posts, Tweets, and…

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The Case for Bob Dylan (and songwriting as literature)

The list of Nobel Prize winners in literature includes playwrights, screenwriters, investigative journalists, essayists, non-fiction writers, novelist, biographers, short story writers, poets, artists, and actors. Yet, a singer-songwriter born in Minnesota in 1941 who is this year’s recipient has caused an uproar in literary and music circles alike. It seems that arguments are being made…

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Memories of Prince

My earliest memory of Prince was in 7th grade gym class. There was this 8th grader who was in love with Prince. She would bring her posters of this silly little man in his underwear, standing in a bathtub. I knew he was from Minnesota and she would talk about how her mom took her…

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Monster!: Were-Monster that is. X-Files Episode 3, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster”

Yes, I so love X-Files and this week is my favorite: A Monster of the Week. I love how the mythology of X-Files allows for varying forms and has mixed them well. This week’s episode is no exception. Scully and Mulder are back at it. Mulder wants to believe, but he has a list of…

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My Thoughts on “My Struggle”: X-Files Returns

I’ve been looking forward to the new X-Files for quite some time now. I remember sitting in the theatre, watching “I Want to Believe” (2008), and being so disappointed. I just wanted something good. Something that brought me back to 1995, when FOX was first starting out and taking risks no one else wanted to…

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Thoughts on David Bowie

My first David Bowie album (and it was a cassette) was “Let’s Dance.” I immediately fell in love. There was something about the music that drew me in. I was twelve. I was listening to Duran Duran and Echo and the Bunnymen and starting to decide musically where I was headed. Once I heard Bowie,…

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The Principal: Schooling, Drama, and Mystery

I’ve decided to do some blogging about teachers and schooling as they are portrayed on television and in film and I’m starting things off with  The Principal, an Australian drama series in four parts, that was released in October and can now be found on Netflix. The series is a crime drama that stars Alex…

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The Force Awakens For a New Generation of Feminists

My first memory of going to the movies was with my dad. I was in kindergarten. We went to Highland Movie Theatre in St. Paul to see Star Wars. It was there I fell in love. I fell in love with movies, with Han Solo, with wanting to be Princess Leia, with the big screen.…

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