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Going Grammando, or Not—Why You Should Break the Rules!

My family's new TV obsession is a show called Adam Ruins Everything. And recently we watched an episode where Adam ruined...wait for it writers and book lovers... grammar!...dun dun dun...

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A Letter to the Principal: How I Waded into the “Take a Knee” Debate with my Middle Schooler

Most people would call me opinionated. I'm passionate about what I believe. I teach my daughter to be passionate as well. Still, one month into school, I didn't expect to find myself typing the words, "Dear Principal. I am writing in regards to an incident today in class."

Becoming History’s Stories – Traveling with The Travelers in Colonial Williamsburg’s Living Museum

I've often thought about what it would be like to open a book and have it magically pull me into its pages. If you're a reader, you've probably thought the same thing at some point or imagined what it would be like to walk the streets of a novel or converse with the characters of history.

Why Can’t a Writer be President? America’s Obsession With Visual Un-Reality

Almost everyone, at least in the US, watches TV daily. We consume shows and movies like they're candy that our parents might suddenly take away. We all have our favorite genres and actors.

It’s Just Not That Simple – Please Stop Trying to Make It That Way

This week the US is faced with yet another policy shift - increasing deportations. Whenever I ask people who are in favor of this policy why they support it, they say it will make our country safer and get rid of illegal immigrants who take Americans jobs. Why would this be bad? Here's the thing - that answer is just too simple. If you have a simple answer to a complex problem, you're not thinking. But, why do we do this? Why do we gravitate toward an easy explanation?

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