Sharing Writing Advice: Choosing a Point of View in Narrative Writing

Point of view is the perspective that a writer uses to narrate a story or any particular scene in the story. Most narrative writing employ either a first person or a third person point of view. Another point of view—second person—is less common but has begun to gain more popularity recently. Along with other main … Continue reading Sharing Writing Advice: Choosing a Point of View in Narrative Writing

Native Erasure: CNN Labels Native American Voters as “Something Else”

Just by Googling "Native American vote 2020," it becomes obvious that the erasure of the Indigenous populations of America is still underway. CNN had a graphic that labeled Natives "Something Else." The irony of the graphic is that they clearly labeled Asian voters, who are at 3 percent, and neglected to do the same for … Continue reading Native Erasure: CNN Labels Native American Voters as “Something Else”

Would Socrates and Jesus Be No-Platformed If They Were Alive Today?

I recently read Teresa M. Bejan's "The Two Clashing Meanings of 'Free Speech.'" She raises some good questions about the First Amendment, free speech, Facebook and Twitter, and no-platforming. She also makes mention of Diogenes the Cynic, a Greek Philosopher who told Alexander the Great to "get out of his light" and apparently "lived in … Continue reading Would Socrates and Jesus Be No-Platformed If They Were Alive Today?

Balancing Being a Parent and Being an Individual

Self-control, self-awareness, and self-love may be the three most important skills our children can learn from us. And we all know that we cannot teach what we haven't learned. When I was much younger, and admittedly, at times throughout my adult life, the phrase "loving myself" has elicited some immature and inappropriate jokes. I'm beginning … Continue reading Balancing Being a Parent and Being an Individual

Nancy Mairs “On Being a Cripple” Analysis

Last month my English Professor assigned this heartwarming and inspirational narrative essay for our class to read and write up a short analysis on. I found Mairs's writing to be honest, accessible, and moving. I look forward to reading more of her work. I'll leave a link to the essay at the bottom of the … Continue reading Nancy Mairs “On Being a Cripple” Analysis